Ohio USDA offices slated to be closed

On January 9, Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that USDA would be restructuring the department to meet budget restrictions. He is calling it USDA’s Blueprint for Stronger Service, which will streamline the department’s operations and cut costs.

Part of that plan calls for the consolidation and closure of offices across the country. In Ohio those offices include:

  • Animal Plant Health Inspection Service, APHIS, in Bowling Green, Wood County
  • Agriculture Research Service, ARS, Coschocton, Coshocton County
  • Farm Service Agency Offices, FSA
    • Brookville, Montgomery County
    • Pomeroy, Meigs County
    • Springfield, Clark County
    • Somerset, Perry County
    • Carrollton, Carroll County
  • Food and Nutrition Service, FNS
    • Cincinnati, Hamilton County
    • Columbus, Franklin County

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  1. When I was SED of FSA in 2007 and 2008 we tried to close Perry, Carroll, Hamilton and Montgomery and were met with public and political hostility.

    Let’s see how this attempt goes.
    John S.

  2. Interesting how the taxpayers always have to endure cuts that take away the very things they are paying for. For the past several years, the USDA in Washington and in Columbus Ohio have snarled my CRP and CSP payments resulting in double taxation because of double catch-up payments in each year. Vilsack is looking in the wrong place to make cuts. First cuts should be made in state and national offices where employees are beyond the reach of farmers affected and therefore are unresponsive to problems. I know that I will never see a fair resolution to the mistakes made by shiftless employees. It only means there are less local employees struggling in my behalf and by terminating them, the only employees left are those who could care less about their mistakes. Each of these employees should be required to provide a yearly summary explaining why their job is useful and provides a necessary service. That should eliminate about half the “work” force.

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