Pawnee County, Okla., FSA office closing Aug. 1

Source: USDA-FSA Oklahoma

Francie Tolle, Oklahoma state executive director for the Farm Service Agency (FSA), announced that as of Aug.1, 2012, the Pawnee County FSA office will be officially closed. From Aug. 1 forward, all FSA program services will be provided by the Noble County FSA office unless a producer has elected to transfer their records to another county. The Noble County FSA office is located at 1302 Hwy 77 N in Perry and the phone number is 580-336-5591, ext. 2.

On May 29, 2012, the Oklahoma FSA received approval from Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack to proceed with the implementation of county office consolidation plan, including the Pawnee county office in Oklahoma.

“Over the past three years, FSA has faced a variety of budget-related challenges,” said Bruce Nelson, FSA administrator. “Through a targeted office consolidation effort that includes 125 offices nationwide, FSA is striving to balance significant budget cuts, staff reductions and increasing workloads while focusing the efforts of our staff on high-quality service. There are 2,119 offices remaining in the FSA network to do just that.”

“Although we recognize that change is never easy, we strongly believe that taking this action now is critical to ensuring FSA can continue to serve its customers as it adjusts to budget constraints,” said Nelson. “FSA can only achieve the high level of service expected through consolidation of our human, financial and technical resources.”

For more information, contact the Oklahoma FSA state office at 405-742-1130.