Maybe the news left you yawning over your nutritious breakfast, but it shouldn’t. Every American has a stake in the fact that the United States Department of Agriculture has announced the closing of nearly 260 offices, labs and other facilities.

The coming months will see a testing of our uneasy love-hate relationship with the USDA.

We hate bureaucracies, waste and overregulation — but we love our benefits and food safety programs.

In these tough economic times, the USDA’s Blueprint For Stronger Service calls for trimming the fat.