Clark County’s FSA office is among five FSA offices in Ohio listed to close. Others offices are in Montgomery, Meigs, Carroll and Perry counties.
The local FSA office is currently in the county agricultural building on Gateway Boulevard. The office issued $9.5 million in program payments last year in a community that has an estimated 2,300 farmers.
Farmer Allen Armstrong of Green Twp. said the office closure will cost farmers time and money.
He said the Madison County FSA office in London is more than 20 miles from his home.
“We’re going to have a lot further to drive to report our acres and all the things we do. We understand the need to cut costs, however, with the number of farmers in Clark County, we thought other offices would close,” Armstrong said.
“They’re taking a pretty busy office and combining it with Madison County, which is also very busy.”
Juan Garcia, administrator of the Farm Service Agency, said the decision to close the office was due to budget cuts, staff reductions and other challenges.
“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,” Garcia wrote in a statement.
The Madison County FSA office can be reached by mail at 829 US 42 NE, London, OH 43140 or by phone at 740-852-4003.