USDA to Reopen FSA Offices for Additional Services During Government Shutdown
The USDA is reopening all Farm Service Agency or FSA, offices nationwide this week.
U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue making the announcement Tuesday.
Last week Perdue announced the opening of certain offices to provided limited services for existing loans and tax documents through tomorrow.
According to a United States Department of Agriculture press release, beginning Thursday, all FSA offices will open and offer a longer list of transactions they will accommodate.
Additionally, Secretary Perdue announced that the deadline to apply for the Market Facilitation Program, which aids farmers harmed by unjustified retaliatory tariffs, has been extended to February 14. The original deadline had been January 15. Other program deadlines may be modified and will be announced as they are addressed.
All of the more than 9,700 FSA employees have been recalled to keep offices open from 8 am to 4:30 pm weekdays beginning January 24. President Trump has already signed legislation that guarantees employees will receive all backpay missed during the lapse in funding.
For the first two full weeks under this operating plan (January 28 through February 1 and February 4 through February 8), FSA offices will be open Mondays through Fridays. In subsequent weeks, offices will be open three days a week, on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, if needed to provide the additional administrative services.
Updates to available services and offices will be made during the lapse in federal funding on the FSA shutdown webpage (https://www.fsa.usda.gov/help/shutdowninfo).