U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the Senate Agriculture Committee, today praised the United States Department of Agriculture's decision to continue operations at the East Lansing National Agriculture Statistics Service (NASS) field office. In November, 2011, Stabenow joined Michigan agricultural leaders to urge Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack not to close the East Lansing field office. Following Stabenow's action, USDA reevaluated their closure and consolidation plan to keep the East Lansing office open.
"This facility plays an important role in the work being done at Michigan State University and the State of Michigan, which is critical to supporting Michigan agriculture," said Stabenow. "Nearly one out of every four jobs in Michigan is supported by agriculture, and the data provided by the East Lansing NASS office helps support fruit and vegetable growers across our state. I'm very happy USDA decided to not only continue operations in East Lansing, but make the office the regional center for the Great Lakes."
Michigan, which USDA previously grouped in with Northeastern states for evaluations, will now be placed in a new "Great Lakes Region" with Ohio and Indiana. The East Lansing field office will serve as the central office for the region.
The National Agriculture Statistics Service is the data and research branch of the Department of Agriculture, and conducts hundreds of surveys and studies each year to provide information on U.S. agriculture. More information on NASS can be found here: http://www.nass.usda.gov