Local officials participate in conference call on FSA closing

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Local officials participate in conference call on FSA closing

Daily Sentinel — A Tuesday evening conference call organized by the office of U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown provided the opportunity for the five Ohio counties facing closure of their respective Farm Service Agency offices to discuss ideas on the topic.

An announcement was made in early January that five county FSA offices in Ohio would close. According to the proposal, the Meigs County office would combine with the Gallia/Lawrence office located in Gallipolis.

Meigs, Carroll, Clark, Montgomery and Perry county officials took part in the conference call with Brown.

Commissioners Tom Anderson, Tim Ihle and Mike Bartrum, along with former commissioner Mick Davenport, retired FSA director Dave Fox, and local trustee and farmer Chris Wolfe took part in the 50-minute call with the Washington D.C.-based Senator.

According to Ihle, each of the counties voiced their ideas on how to save their respective offices. While all counties have their own ideas on the matter, the majority have proposed a way to save the $20,000 dollars that the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) hopes to save by closing each office.

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