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Letter to the Honorable Mike Johanns, Secretary of the United States Department of Agriculture - FSA Closure Plans


Location: Washington, DC

Dear Secretary Johanns:

We respectfully request that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) reconsider the closure of Farm Service Agency offices in Nebraska under the FSA Tomorrow plan.

Farmers and ranchers from across Nebraska have contacted our offices to express their concerns about these closures. We cannot support a plan that will undoubtedly burden agriculture producers, who must regularly work with the FSA office in support of their operations. While the opportunity to conduct business via the Internet may eventually reduce the need for some face-to-face visits, we do not believe this is a viable alternative at this time.

Again, we ask that USDA reconsider its plan to close FSA offices in Nebraska under the FSA Tomorrow proposal. We look forward to working with you and agriculture groups to develop a comprehensive plan that includes clear goals that will improve FSA service nationwide.


Chuck Hagel
United States Senator

Dave Heineman
Governor of Nebraska

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