North Dakota State Farm Service Agency Executive Director Marcy Svenningsen says workforce shortages are a major issue for county FSA offices nationwide. “The pandemic has acclerated the problem so the private industry started paying more competitive wages and the FSA can’t compete.” North Dakota currently has a ten percent vacancy in its FSA offices. Svenningsen says Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has acknowledged the shortcomings of labor in FSA offices, however it’s up to Congress to raise the budget.
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