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Reduced service planned at Aitkin FSA office

AITKIN — Farm Service Agency (FSA) officials on Tuesday announced services will be reduced at the Aitkin office.

FSA officials said that in the past four years it has faced a variety of budget-related challenges. In particular, FSA has undergone major staff reductions since fiscal year (FY) 2008 and continuing into FY 2014. Given these staff reductions, FSA cannot maintain the current level of service in every office location and continue to provide producers with the best possible customer service, while also providing the support that FSA employees deserve to get the job done.

Beginning March 1, the FSA office in Aitkin will only be open for business on Wednesdays, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and operate as a sub-office of the FSA office in Baxter. Because of this reduction in office days, all Aitkin and Itasca farm records will be transferred to the Baxter office for maintenance and management, unless producers request to have their records transferred to another FSA office that is significantly more convenient for them.

Once the reduction in office days takes effect, FSA asks producers to call the Baxter office (829-5965) at least one day in advance to schedule an appointment on the office day in Aitkin. Producers may also do their Aitkin or Itasca County FSA business Monday through Friday at the Baxter FSA Office. The Baxter FSA Office is located at 7118 Clearwater Road, off of Highway 371 North, behind Best Buy.

If you have questions regarding this change, please feel free to contact the Aitkin-Itasca FSA Office in Aitkin at 927-2912, or the Crow Wing-Cass FSA Office in Baxter at 829-5965.

Denton (Denny) Newman Jr.
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