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January 11, 2012

01/12/12 The USDA Rural Development offices in La Porte, Indiana, and Plymouth, Indiana, are closing and the staff is being transferred to the USDA Service Center in Knox, Indiana.  The actual move will take place on Thursday, January 12, 2012, and Friday, January 13, 2012.  Staff will not have access to their computers from Thursday, January 12, to Tuesday, January 17.  The contact information for the new office is as follows:

USDA Rural Development

Knox Area Office

1406 South Heaton Street

Knox, IN  46534-2314

Phone:  574-772-3066 ext. 4

Fax:     574-772-7466

The Knox Office staff will continue to deliver USDA Rural Development programs and services to Cass, Carroll, Fulton, Jasper, Lake, LaPorte, Marshall, Newton, Porter, Pulaski, Starke, St. Joseph, and White counties.  Customers who need services provided by USDA Rural Development programs in these counties may contact the Knox Service Center.

USDA Rural Development administers and manages more than 40 housing, business, and community infrastructure and facility programs throughout Indiana and the United States.  These programs are designed to improve the economic stability of rural communities, businesses, residents, farmers and ranchers and improve the quality of life in rural America.  Rural Development has an existing portfolio of more than $130 billion in loans and loan guarantees.  For more information on programs offered by USDA Rural Development, contact the Knox Area Office or the Indiana State Office at (317) 290-3100, ext. 4, or visit its Web site at