USDA office closures may affect 4 Arizona sites
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now)
The U.S. Agriculture Department plans to close nearly 260 offices nationwide, including four offices in Arizona.
Agriculture Secretary, Tom Vilsack said the goal is to save $150 million a year in the agency's $145 billion budget.
About $90 million had already been saved by reducing travel and supplies, and the closures were expected to save another $60 million, he said.
The plan calls for 259 offices, labs and other facilities to be closed, affecting the USDA headquarters in Washington and operations in 46 states.
Seven foreign offices also will be shut down.
In Arizona, the proposed closures include:
The Farm Service Agency office in Tucson,
The Animal Plant Health Inspection Service in Tempe;
The Food and Nutrition Service office in Phoenix;
And the Rural Development office in Kingman
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