Federal officials have decided to keep open the Farm Service Agency office in Pamlico County following Gov. Bev Perdue's efforts to save the office that serves eastern North Carolina farmers.
"We weren't going to let our famers down in Pamlico County," Gov. Perdue said. "We explained the vital importance of farming to this region and the state's economy. I stressed the need for the federal government to be accessible and supportive as farmers get back on their feet after a recession and last fall's hurricane."
The U.S. Department of Agriculture originally proposed closing 131 FSA offices across the country that included Pamlico. Gov. Perdue led an effort to preserve that office, making her case to a variety of federal officials and enlisting other community and state leaders to help. This week USDA announced that it removed six offices from that list, including Pamlico.
USDA's complete news release on this announcement can be found at: