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Federal government opens FSA offices for three days


News Staff - January 16, 2019

WASHINGTON, DC  – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue has announced that many Farm Service Agency (FSA) offices will reopen temporarily in the coming days to perform certain limited services for farmers and ranchers.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has recalled about 2,500 FSA employees to open offices on Thursday, January 17 and Friday, January 18, in addition to Tuesday, January 22, during normal business hours. The offices will be closed for the federal Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday on Monday, January 21. 

In almost half of FSA locations, FSA staff will be available to assist agricultural producers with existing ranch and farm loans and to ensure the agency provides 1099 tax documents to borrowers by the Internal Revenue Service’s deadline.

Additionally, as an intermittent incidental duty, staff may release proceeds from the sale of loan security by signing checks jointly payable to FSA that are brought to the county office by producers.

According to the USDA release, ranchers and farmers  who have loan deadlines during the lapse in funding do not need to make payments until the government shutdown ends. It is not clear if interest continues to accrue on loans during the shutdown.

For a complete listing of FSA offices that will be open over the three-day period, click HERE

 



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