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Freedom of Information Act

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.

NRCS FOIA Service Center

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 Patrick McLoughlin:

Patrick McLoughlin
National FOIA/PA Officer
United States Department of Agriculture
Natural Resources Conservation Service
375 Jackson St., Suite 600
St. Paul, MN 55101
Tel: (651) 602-7907

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.