Funding for Farmers

by Brittany Harris on April 4, 2011 at 2:21 am

Possible budget cuts at the federal level is leaving one local agency concerned over funding for area farmers.

Executive Director Bill Huston with the Farm Service Agency at the Muskingum- Morgan County Office said they have already seen several changes including a three year pay and hiring freeze. He said this will certainly affect service in the community.

"You get tired of hearing do more with less because there’s becomes a point where you’re doing less with less and I think we hit that already," said Huston.

Huston said the agency’s goal is to have a safe abundant food supply and to also have a healthy domestic agricultural sector. He said our area could be impacted if cuts are made to the farm loan program and others like it.

"Were going to see farmers change a little bit of their planning intentions and how they do business because that safety net is not there," he said.

If a budget is not finalized by this Friday, the office will be temporarily shut down until one is determined.