The Kansas Farm Service Agency will conduct three listening sessions later this month to invite public recommendations on the future of FSA Operations. These FSA Stakeholder Listening Sessions, to occur in Garden City, Salina and Topeka, are designed for farmers, farm organizations, commodity groups and anyone else with a stake in FSA programs to share comments on how FSA can better accomplish its job, says Bill Fuller, state executive director of Kansas FSA.
At the listening sessions, Fuller will provide a brief presentation on FSA programs,
structure, and challenges. The majority of the time will be for stakeholders to share their expectations on the structure of FSA offices.
FSA Administrator Teresa Lasseter has asked each State Executive Director to conduct an independent local-level review of the efficiency and effectiveness of FSA offices to identify the optimum network of facilities, staffing, training, and technology within existing budgetary resources and staffing ceilings. Service to farmers and ranchers continue to be the highest priority.
The process will eventually include study by a Review Committee and the development of a Kansas Plan. If the state-developed plan recommends closure or consolidation, a public hearing will be held in the county in which the affected FSA Office is located.
WHEN & WHERE:
- March 28, , Garden City, Plaza Inn (North Ballroom)
- March 29, , Great Bend, Barton County Community College
- March 30, , Topeka, Kansas Museum of History