Ad-Express and Daily Iowegian, Centerville, IA

March 16, 2012

Loebsack calls on Congress to fund USDA offices

Daily Iowegian

WASHINGTON D.C. — Congressman Dave Loebsack called on the Chairmen of the House Agriculture and Appropriations Committees to include funding in the FY 2013 Agriculture Appropriations bill to prevent the U.S. Department of Agriculture offices in Centerville, Creston, Fairfield and Leon from closing. Last month, the USDA announced their plans to consolidate 259 offices, including 131 Farm Service Agency offices. At the time, Loebsack called on the USDA to re-evaluate this proposal.

“The closing of the FSA offices in Iowa does not seem to make sense based on their workload and has raised important questions that have yet to be answered about the criteria used to close them,” Loebsack wrote.  “Closing these offices threatens to make these programs less accessible to the farmers who need them, hurting not only individual farmers but local economies as well. There are few things more important than ensuring Iowa and the U.S. remains the most productive agricultural producer in the world. I again respectfully urge your consideration of these points and urge you to include FY13 funding to keep these important Iowa FSA offices open.”