WASHINGTON – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced that all Farm Service Agency offices nationwide are reopening to provide additional administrative services to farmers and ranchers during the lapse in federal funding.
Certain FSA offices have been providing limited services for existing loans and tax documents since Jan. 17. Beginning Jan. 24, however, all FSA offices will open and offer a longer list of transactions they will accommodate.
Additionally, Perdue announced that the deadline to apply for the Market Facilitation Program, which aids farmers harmed by tariffs, has been extended to Feb. 14. The original deadline had been Jan. 15. Other program deadlines may be modified and will be announced as they are addressed.
“At President Trump’s direction, we have been working to alleviate the effects of the lapse in federal funding as best we can, and we are happy to announce the reopening of FSA offices for certain services,” Perdue said. “The FSA provides vital support for farmers and ranchers and they count on those services being available. We want to offer as much assistance as possible until the partial government shutdown is resolved.”
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has temporarily recalled all of the more than 9,700 FSA employees to keep offices open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays beginning Thursday. Trump has already signed legislation that guarantees employees will receive all back pay missed during the lapse in funding.
For the first two full weeks under this operating plan, 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.