USDA Closure Of Molino Farm Office May Hurt School Groups

May 31, 2012

When the USDA dropped the ax Wednesday and announced the closure of the Molino Farm Services Agency, they may have indirectly created a great hardship for area groups that provide programs for children.

The federal government rents the Molino FSA Office location on Highway 97 in Molino from the Escambia County Farm Bureau for about $16,000 per year.

Walnut Hill agricultural producer Brett Ward, speaking on behalf of the Farm Bureau Board, told state FSA directors in February that the it’s no secret at the Farm Bureau wants to keep the $16,000 in annual rent flowing. He said the money is returned to the community each year through a variety of community organizations — most dealing with children — like the Northview and Ernest Ward FFA chapters, the Escambia County Extension Service for children’s projects, the Molino Park PTA and Bratt Elementary School.

For more on the closure of the Molino FSA Office, click here.

Pictured: Walnut Hill agricultural producer Brett Ward. file photo, click to enlarge.


4 Responses to “USDA Closure Of Molino Farm Office May Hurt School Groups”

  1. 429SCJ on June 2nd, 2012 5:33 am

    Don’t forget to put Wilson Roberts in the line with the rest of them to be voted out.

  2. Jane on June 1st, 2012 5:50 am

    This will have a bad impact on many in the north Escambia area….very bad idea!

  3. David Lamb on May 31st, 2012 11:16 am

    In defense of Grover Robinson, I have communicated with him many times in the last few months over the sale of LBC. He has listened and been very fair with my comments. He is supportative of having a livestock area ,not on Stephani Rd. He has shown concern with funding and lack of county funds for the county to bee too involved but will support any propasal, such as Bayer property , as long as it can be done without county tax funds. I have found him to be in support of 4H.
    As for the closing of Farm Services– Seems to be the norm to point fingers at republicans— I gotta joke for you about democrats and republicans but it is too long for here! Mike Godwin –HELLO from Nebraska.

  4. 429SCJ on May 31st, 2012 9:41 am

    The agribussiness related programs for youth have been clearly targeted at all levels of government. I have observed Grover Robinson and company sell away the 4H center and now at the federal level Thomas Vilsak at USDA cancelling field support.

    Probably these programs did not have a high enough level of moral corruption, to suit the powers that be.


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