PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture will shutter three Oregon Farm Service Agency county offices and the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service office in Salem as part of cost-cutting measures in the department.
The USDA announced Monday it will close nearly 260 offices nationwide.
Farm Service Agency offices in Polk, Grant and Tillamook counties will be closed.
The agency says many of its Farm Service Agency offices staff only one to two people, or are within 20 miles of another office.
Public hearings will be scheduled in places where Farm Service Agency offices are scheduled to close.
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says the goal was to save $150 million a year in the agency's $145 billion budget.