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USDA may close county doors

February 8, 2007

A proposed USDA plan may close Farm Service Agencies in sixteen Georgia Counties including the Dougherty County Office in Albany.

If the closures take place, farmers in the affected areas will be given the opportunity to work along side the staff members from their previous office in a selected adjoining county, or relocate their records to another office closer to their operation.

Jay Arnold who currently heads the Albany office, says the move has many area farmers worried about the future.

"They are afraid they will lose their voice through their local county committee and they may not be adequately represented when it comes to going to other counties for service" said Jay Arnold F.S.A. Director. 

A public hearing for the Dougherty County Office will be held Friday night from seven to eight p.m. At the FSA Office located at 125 Pine Avenue. Other proposed closures in South Georgia Counties include the counties of: Baker, Ben Hill, Irwin, Lanier, Seminole and Ware.

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