(Des Moines, Iowa) May 30, 2012: John R. Whitaker, Iowa State Executive Director for the Farm Service Agency (FSA), today announced that USDA Secretary Thomas A. Vilsack has approved the closure of three FSA county offices in Iowa, a process that will begin immediately. After the required notifications have been provided to producers, FSA employees and office landlords, closure dates will be established and made publically available.
"FSA places the utmost priority on ensuring that our services to producers remain strong as this consolidation process begins,' said FSA Administrator, Bruce Nelson. The agency will provide farmers and ranchers affected by closures an opportunity to choose the most convenient neighboring county office with which to conduct their future business with the agency. In addition, all employees in the closing office will be provided in opportunity to continue to work with FSA.
As a federal agency, FSA has been affected by widespread budget reductions made by Congress. Since 2011, the Agency has lost 1,230 permanent employees through voluntary early separation and normal retirement. In addition, FSA has been forced to reduce discretionary administrative expense by over 30 percent in the last fiscal year alone.
The county offices confirmed for closure in Iowa are Appanoose, Decatur, and Union.