MOUNT VERNON — Following Monday’s announcement by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack that the USDA must be built to meet the evolving needs of a 21st century agricultural economy, he presented USDA’s Blueprint for Stronger Service, a plan that helps farmers and ranchers continue to drive America’s economy by streamlining operations and cutting costs.
The Blueprint for Stronger Service is based on a Department-wide review of operations conducted as part of the Administration’s Campaign to Cut Waste, launched by President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden to make government work better and more efficiently for the American people. The agency took a hard look at all USDA operations, from headquarters to field offices. The end result is a plan that will create optimal use of USDA’s employees, better results for USDA customers, and greater efficiencies for American taxpayers.
Following the Secretary’s statement, Steven Maurer, the Ohio Farm Service Agency State Executive Director, would like to reiterate the five offices within USDA’s Ohio FSA that are proposed to close. The closures will directly impact farmers who farm in multiple counties.
The Knox County office of Farm Services Association will remain open.
Carroll County will be consolidated with the Tuscarawas County FSA office and located in New Philadelphia.
Clark County will be consolidated with the Madison County FSA office and located in London.
Meigs County will be consolidated with the Gallia/Lawrence County FSA office and located in Gallipolis.
Montgomery County will be consolidated with the Preble County FSA office and located in Eaton.
Perry County will be consolidated with the Fairfield County FSA office and located in Lancaster.
FSA will hold a public meeting in each affected county within the next 30 days. Ohio FSA will release more information about each public meeting as soon as the locations and day/times are established.