Seven USDA Offices to Close in MN 11 Jan 12

The U.S. Department of Agriculture plans to close seven offices in Minnesota, including a food safety office in Minneapolis, which serves five states.

The decision is part of a nationwide plan to shut down 259 USDA offices due to budget cuts.

The offices handle everything from farm subsidy programs to food stamps.

The biggest office in Minnesota is a Food Safety and Inspections Service office in Minneapolis.

The district office oversees operations in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana and Wyoming. It’s one of five being consolidated.

Five Farm Service Agency offices will also close, in Chisago, Nicollet, Pine, Scott and Waseca counties.