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Gillibrand urges Ag Department to keep Saratoga County farm office open

U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., is urging the U.S. Department of Agriculture to keep open a Saratoga County Farm Service Agency office that offers essential assistance following a natural disaster.

“Farmers in Saratoga County count on their local FSA office, and closing this office would leave them at least an additional hour from services,” Gillibrand said in a statement. “Farmers can’t just take an entire day off from farming to drive to and from the FSA office. After coping with brutal weather over the past year, the last thing we should do is further complicate their lives by eliminating the closest FSA office.”

Farmers use these agencies as a point of contact to receive loans, conservation support, and disaster services, in the aftermath of a natural disaster.

"This is not the time to abandon communities within Saratoga County while they have been hurt by difficult economic times and catastrophic weather events," she continued

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Read the full text of Gillibrand's letter to U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack:

Gillibrand Letter June 14,2012

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