Press Release

Loebsack Urges USDA to Re-evaluate Proposed Office Closings

Proposal would close USDA offices in Centerville, Leon, Creston and Fairfield

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Washington, January 13, 2012 | Joe Hand (202-225-6576) | comments
Congressman Dave Loebsack today called on the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to re-evaluate their proposed plan to close 259 offices across the country, including four in Iowa.  In a letter to Tom Vilsack, the Secretary of Agriculture, Loebsack discussed the importance of these offices to ensure continued growth of the rural economy.

“Closing these offices threatens to make these programs less accessible to the farmers who need them, hurting not only individual farmers but local economies as well,” Loebsack wrote.  “There are few things more important than ensuring Iowa and the U.S. remains the most effective agricultural producer in the world and ensuring an adequate supply of food.  I hope you will carefully review the strong concerns of Iowa’s rural and agricultural communities regarding the proposed office closings and the potential impact they could have on Iowa farmers and rural towns.”

A copy of the letter can be found here.
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