USDA's Farm Service Agency in Nebraska proposes to consolidate 12 FSA county offices under what it calls an office restructuring process.



The 12 counties affected are:



Banner County, to be consolidated with Scotts Bluff County.
Boyd County, to be consolidated with Holt County.
Deuel County, to be consolidated with Garden County.
Dixon County, to be consolidated with Dakota County.
Dundy County, to be consolidated with Chase County.
Frontier County, to be consolidated with Red Willow County.
Garfield County, to be consolidated with Valley County.
Greeley County, to be consolidated with Valley County.
Hayes County, to be consolidated with Hitchcock County.
Sarpy County, to be consolidated with Cass County.
Sherman County, to be consolidated with Buffalo County.
Thomas County, to be consolidated with Lincoln County.



FSA will conduct information meetings in each of the 12 counties to review why the office was chosen for consolidation, how the consolidation will happen and options for farmers and ranchers in the county. FSA staff, in conjunction with the five-member state FSA Committee, will also hear comments from the public on the proposed consolidations.



The following public meetings being held the week of April 2:



April 2, 2:30 p.m.., Millard Social Hall, 10508 So. 144th St., Millard.
April 3, 10:30 a.m., Ponca State Park, River Bluff Rm., 88090 Spur 26E, Ponca.
April 3, 6:30 p.m., Spencer-Naper High School, 106 E. Greig St. Spencer.
April 4, 10 a.m., Greeley Courthouse Meeting Rm., 101 S. Kildare, Greeley.
April 4, 3 p.m., Burwell Legion, 7th & G St. Burwell.
April 4, 7 p.m., Thedford Rural High School, Old Gym, 304 Maple St., Thedford.



The Nebraska FSA County Office Restructuring Plan proposal can be obtained at
www.fsa.usda.gov/ne. Comments can be provided by e-mail at FSA.Offices@ne.usda.gov during the 30-day comment period that ends April 27.