Hollowed-out staffing crimps USDA relief programs for farmers

From Bloomberg

American farmers have a message for the Agriculture Department: Fill the empty chairs plaguing your local offices.

A wave of retirements and an inability to keep pace with private-sector salaries have caused staffing to plunge at key offices. The Farm Service Agency, which provides front-line help to farmers nationwide, now has 2,000 fewer workers than it did in 2006, a nearly 40% decline. Read the rest of the article here.