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PENNSYLVANIA FARMERS' ASSOCIATION EXPRESSES DISBELIEF OVER NUMBER OF FARM AGENCY CLOSINGS IN STATE PLANNED BY USDA

 CAMP HILL, Pa., Jan. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- The leader of the Pennsylvania Farmers' Association (PFA) expressed stunned disbelief at the number of farm agency closings announced for Pennsylvania by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) yesterday.
 "We're proponents of greater efficiency in government," said Keith Eckel, PFA president, "but the field office eliminations being planned for our state will be a great disservice to Pennsylvania agriculture. In particular, the closing of 18 of the 60 local offices of the Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service (ASCS) is far more devastating than we expected. One targeted county, Berks County, is the third most productive agricultural county in the state."
 Eckel said farm leaders in PFA's county associations scheduled for closings will be looking at the plans to see how they affect members. "The closings are part of a nationwide effort to streamline USDA," Eckel said. "If it leads to reduced paperwork and time spent by farmers in ASCS offices to enroll and comply with federal farm programs, it will be welcomed by our members. But, if it only leads to more travel time, expense and inconvenience for farmers, we will fight to stop the shutdowns."
 PFA is a statewide, voluntary farm organization which represents 23,189 member families in 54 county associations. It is affiliated with the nation's largest farm organization, the 4 million member American Farm Bureau Federation.
 A listing of planned USDA county office closings, and the farm community affected, follows.
 PROPOSED USDA OFFICE CLOSINGS IN PENNSYLVANIA
 ASCS(A) Number of Acres Farm cash Government
 farms(B) farmed(B) receipts(B) payments(B)
 (million $) (thousand $)
 Berks-
 Leesport(C) 1,809 243,260 182.0 1,153
 Cambria-Ebensburg 605 85,764 19.5 412
 Clarion-Clarion 541 102,577 19.2 909
 Clearfleld-
 Clearfield 421 62,259 11.7 239
 Clinton-Mill Hall 295 46,965 14.8 420
 Dauphin-Dauphin 675 101,692 50.3 594
 Fulton-
 McConnellsburg 467 99,920 19.4 406
 Greene-Waynesburg 838 146,002 11.0 156
 Lackawanna-Clarks
 Summit 299 42,033 12.7 326
 Lawrence-
 New Castle 749 96,264 32.8 509
 Mifflin-Burnham 677 87,546 52.0 443
 Monroe-
 Broadheadsville 192 26,898 4.2 183
 Montgomery-
 Collegeville 586 56,734 36.0 340
 Montour-Danville 270 41,870 14.4 635
 Northampton-
 Nazareth 484 86,694 30.7 1,174
 Potter-
 Coudersport 328 95,605 22.4 486
 Snyder-
 Middleburg 702 89,998 46.4 568
 Warren-Warren 472 80,943 18.7 148
 FmHA:
 Butler-Butler
 Cambria-Ebensburg
 Huntingdon-Huntingdon
 Lycoming-Williamsport
 SCS:
 Allegheny-Pittsburgh
 Greene-Waynesburg
 Monroe-Broadheadsville
 Montour
 (A) Source: USDA.
 (B) Source: "Pennsylvania Agricultural Facts," Penn State University.
 (C) Third most productive county in Pennsylvania.
 /delval/
 -0- 1/8/93
 /CONTACT: Janet B. Carson or Wilson Smeltz of the Pennsylvania Farmers' Association, 717-761-2740/


CO: Pennsylvania Farmers' Association; U.S. Department of Agriculture ST: Pennsylvania IN: SU:

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