The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced this week its decision on Farm Service Agency (FSA) county office consolidations proposed in January as part of USDA's Blueprint for Stronger Service. In total, FSA will consolidate 125 of the 131 offices originally proposed for consolidation with other USDA service centers, consistent with provisions of the 2008 Farm Bill. Under the Blueprint for Stronger Service, USDA is modernizing and accelerating service delivery while improving the customer experience through use of innovative technologies and business solutions. The blueprint included USDA's plan to close or consolidate 259 domestic offices including the FSA offices, additional facilities and labs and seven foreign offices.
FSA will provide farmers and ranchers affected by consolidations an opportunity to choose the most convenient neighboring county office to conduct their future business. In addition, all employees in a closing office will be provided an opportunity to continue their work with FSA.
A complete list of FSA county offices affected by this decision is available at www.fsa.usda.gov/officeconsolidations.