FSA, NRCS Release Public Meeting Schedule

Eleven counties affected by closure of USDA offices.

Public meetings will be scheduled in the 11 counties where the Kansas Farm Service Agency and Natural Resources Conservation Service are planning to close offices.

The proposed restructuring plan, announced last week by both agencies, would close local offices in the 11 counties listed below, consolidating them with offices in adjacent counties. The plan can be revised if new information or considerations are heard at these meetings.

Kansas Farm Service Agency state director Bill Fuller will meet with FSA employees and FSA County Committees in affected counties prior to the meetings, while NRCS state conservationist Harold Klaege will meet with NRCS staff.

Kansas FSA is leading the process, but since FSA and NRCS offices are co-located in the same building, NRCS will follow the FSA plan, Klaege says.

At each of the public meetings, Fuller will review why the office was chosen for consolidation, how the consolidation will happen and options for the farmers and ranchers in the county. Fuller will also hear comments from the public on the proposed consolidations.

Meetings will begin at 2 p.m. each day. The meeting schedule is:

Wabaunsee County: Feb. 26, Alma Community Center, 244 East 11th St., Alma
Geary County: Feb. 27, Couryard Marriott, 310 Hammons Drive, Junction City
Elk County: March 6, West Elk High School Auditorium, 1199 S. Hwy 99, Howard.
Woodson County. March 7, 4-H Community Building, Woodson County Fairgrounds, South Hwy 75, Yates Center.
Johnson County, March 8, Open Class Building, Johnson County Fairgrounds, Gardner.
Leavenworth County, March 9, 4-H Building, 101 4-H Road, Lansing.
Barber County, March 13, Heritage Center, KAN 1056 SE Isabel Road, Medicine Lodge.
Comanche County , March 14, South Central High School, Gymnasium, 600 N. Leavenworth, Coldwater.
Morton County, March 15, City Hall, 433 Morton, Elkhart.
Gove County, March 16, Gove County Office Building, 520 Washington, Gove.
Chase County, March 19, Chase County Community Building, Swope Park, Cottonwood Falls.

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