Sen. Kirsten E. Gillibrand, D-N.Y., spoke out today against the Obama administrations plan to close 10 more U.S. Department of AgricultureFarm Service Agency offices in the state that are needed to successfully implement the new farm bill. Now is not the time to be shutting more doors at County Farm Service Agency (FSA) offices. Farmers will be depending on these offices to help navigate big changes to dairy and specialty crop programs coming down the pike in the coming months courtesy of the 2014 Farm Bill, Sen. Gillibrand said in a news release. It is an especially critical juncture since New York suffered similar FSA closures just two years ago.
The presidents proposed 2015 budget calls for the consolidation of 250 FSA offices across the country.