Farm Service Agency Offices to Open for Limited Services

USDA has announced that many Farm Service Agency offices will reopen temporarily in the coming days to perform certain limited services for farmers and ranchers. In almost half of FSA locations, staff will be available to assist agricultural producers with existing farm loans and to ensure the agency provides 1099 tax documents to borrowers on time. USDA has announced that farmers who have loan deadlines during the lapse in funding do not need to make payments until the government shutdown ends, and that the application period for the Market Facilitation Program will be extended for a period of time equal to the number of business days FSA offices end up being closed.