I thank you for all that you do as an Indiana agricultural owner or operator to feed and fuel this growing nation and world.
Thanksgiving is right around the corner, but it is important to thank you, the American farmer, every day for all you do for our global economy.
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency is doing its part to reduce the federal deficit and is making changes that will affect our communications with you.
This is one example. In an effort to reduce operating costs, we are reducing postages expenses as much as possible.
We no longer will be mailing newsletters to your home, nor will we be mailing acreage maps. You will need to pick them up at the county office, or receive them electronically.
We are looking at every aspect as to how we conduct business and we are reducing expenses wherever possible without negatively affecting our ability to provide services to producers.
Consequently, we are also making an effort to collect e-mail addresses of owners and operators. Like other agricultural businesses today, FSA is trying to use e-mail notification to provide pertinent information such as deadlines, reminders and newsletters.
Rest assured, e-mail addresses are treated as personally identifiable information and are confidential at FSA.
Many people have personal electronic devices and carry their lives in the palms of their hands. So I ask for you support and assistance as we make this transition to digital communication.
Your county office staff stands ready to assist you and your operation and to answer any questions that you might have.