Area farmers oppose FSA office consolidation at public meeting 02 Feb 12

Despite plenty of local opposition, Farm Service Agency state executive director Linda Hennen said she still supports the proposed consolidation of the Scott County office.

Fifty area farmers were able to voice their opinions at a public hearing at Ridges of Sand Creek golf course Tuesday. The majority of those farmers opposed closing the office. Hennen said the state agency will submit but not recommend the farmers’ requests to Washington.

The state FSA office is following orders from the USDA to close five offices in Minnesota, and the fact that the Scott County office is understaffed and surrounded by other county offices in close vicinity makes it an easy target.

If the office closes, 580 Scott County farmers would be forced to drive to the Dakota County office in Farmington, choose a different office, or wait for the FSA to shift to online services.