Archive for Thursday, May 10, 2007

Farm Service Agency office on the move

May 10, 2007

The Farm Service Agency office serving Leavenworth County is slated to close, to be combined with the FSA office in Oskaloosa.

Bill Fuller, the state executive director of the Kansas USDA Farm Service Agency, released a final proposal Tuesday to consolidate FSA county offices.

The FSA administers and manages farm commodity, credit, conservation, disaster and loan programs as laid out by Congress through a network of federal, state and county offices.

The programs are designed to improve the economic stability of the agricultural industry and to help farmers adjust production to meet demand.

Rick Abel, the county executive director for the Leavenworth office, 2050 Spruce St., said the Leavenworth office was one of eight, out of 103 in the state, to be proposed for consolidation or closure.

The office was chosen as a proposed closure and consolidation with the Oskaloosa office based on workload and the need to reduce utility and staff costs, Abel said.

The closure of the Leavenworth office, Abel said, "is going to make things a little less convenient" for its approximately 900-1,000 clients.

"Instead of coming to Leavenworth, they will be given a choice," Abel said. "If approved, they will have 60 days to choose (between the locations in) Platte City, Mo., Lawrence or Effingham."

If clients make no choice known to the agency, they will be automatically reassigned to the Oskaloosa office at 700 Jefferson St.

An announcement will be made by the agency when a decision is made on the plan for closing and consolidating offices in Kansas. If approved, there will be a 120-day waiting period.

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