The United States Department of Agriculture has proposed closing a total of 259 of it’s offices across the country, including 5 Farm Service Agencies in Minnesota. The effort is intended to protect staff and provide better service to farmers. It is reportedly a cost saving measure as well as an efficiency measure. State Executive Director of the USDA Farm Service Agency Linda Hennen says the proposed closures would include FSA offices in both Nicollet and Waseca Counties. She says staff and services from the closed offices would be consolidated with the Blue Earth County FSA. The proposals are not expected to be acted on for at least 90 days.