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Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)

The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) is a federal statute which allows any person the right to obtain federal agency records unless the records (or part of the records) are protected from disclosure by any of the nine exemptions contained in the law. On October 2, 1996, President Clinton signed into law the Electronic Freedom of Information Act Amendments of 1996 (E-FOIA). E-FOIA will make it possible for individuals to have electronic access to certain USDA information without making a formal FOIA request.

Minnesota NRCS FOIA

Landowner File Access Waiver for TSP (MN-ADS-015) (PDF; 56 KB)
Information Release Request (MN-ADS-016) (PDF; 10 KB)
Information Release Authorization (MN_ADS-017) (PDF; 10 KB)


FOIA presentation - Feb 25 2011 (PPTX; 935 KB)
Section 1619 (PDF; 12 KB)
Section 1619 TalkingPoints (PDF; 18 KB)


FOIA presentation - Feb 25 2011

The FOIA Service Center is the first place a FOIA requester can contact to seek information concerning the status of their FOIA request and information about the agency’s FOIA response.

Please address all FOIA requests to Tessa Garcia:

Tessa Garcia
Minnesota FOIA Officer
Natural Resources Conservation Service
U.S. Department of Agriculture
375 Jackson Bldg, Suite 600
375 Jackson St. St. Paul
Minnesota, MN. 55101
Office:  (651) 602-7872
Fax:  (855) 823-7656

We Welcome Your Feedback: The Natural Resources Conservation Service’s Freedom of Information Act office is dedicated to processing FOIA requests in an efficient and effective manner.
Please send an email to the FOIA Requester Service Center,, or you may mail or call the NRCS National FOIA Officer to provide feedback on your experience, as well as suggestions for improvements.