HULSHOF STATEMENT REGARDING FSA OFFICES
The following is a statement from U.S. Congressman Kenny Hulshof regarding local Farm Service Agency offices:
WASHINGTON, DC. - - The following is a statement from U.S. Congressman Kenny Hulshof regarding local Farm Service Agency offices:
"As a family farmer, I am intimately familiar with the invaluable role played by Farm Service Agency offices in communities all across Missouri. FSA offices serve an integral role in offering farmers the necessary assistance and support needed to do their jobs, which in turn benefits all of us.
"Recently, the national directors of FSA floated a proposal to 'modernize' FSA. This plan would include the closure of numerous FSA offices across the nation, including Missouri. It should be noted that, to date, this proposal does not target specific offices for closure.
"These same bureaucrats have suggested that much of the work currently conducted at local FSA offices could be accomplished online. The fact that USDA reports that only 24 percent of Missouri farms use computers for farm business shows these officials have an inherent lack of understanding of rural communities and their needs.
"I am gravely concerned about any proposal that would close or combine FSA offices that has not been fully vetted by Congress, local FSA employees, and most importantly, those who need these offices the most - American farmers.
"I fully support efforts to improve government services or make assistance delivery more efficient. However, I see little logic in a top-down mandate that does not have the support of those with the best knowledge of the situation.
"I will work to ensure that farmers continue to have necessary access to essential FSA services upon which they depend."