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Cloud, Republicans Push Farm Service Agency to Address Staffing Shortages to Help Agricultural Community

WASHINGTON – Today, Subcommittee on Economic and Consumer Policy Ranking Member Michael Cloud, House Committee on Oversight and Reform Ranking Member James Comer (R-Ky.), and Oversight Republicans wrote Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Zach Ducheneaux regarding the staffing shortages at FSA that are having a detrimental effect on America’s agricultural community. 

“Countless farmers in our districts have reached out concerned about staffing shortages in their local Farm Service Agency (FSA) offices. As their representatives and Members of the House Oversight and Reform Committee, we want to work with the current administration to equip FSA to meet the needs of farmers,” wrote the lawmakers.

“As our farmers progress through the planting season and into the harvesting season in the fall, it is important the FSA office is adequately staffed. The direct interaction many of our farmers have in these offices cannot be substituted with only emails and phone calls. Further, lengthy processing times are causing problems for many farmers. While we understand processing times vary between counties, it is important to avoid unnecessary delays for these applications,” continued the lawmakers.

Subcommittee Ranking Member Cloud and Oversight Republicans are requesting the date when the FSA will be fully reopened and greater information about the hiring process including whether the new procedures for onboarding employees have expedited hiring. 

The full letter is available here

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Author: Austin Hacker

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