All FSA offices to reopen Thursday
Farm Service Agencies nationwide will reopen Thursday, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue has announced.
About half the Farm Service Agency offices reopened Friday and were scheduled to be open through Wednesday to provide limited services for existing loans and tax documents.
Starting Thursday, the offices will be open weekdays from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. through Feb. 8. If the federal government shutdown continues beyond then, the offices will be open the same hours on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.
Additionally, the U.S. Agricultural Department extended the deadline to apply for the Market Facilitation Program, which aids farmers harmed by retaliatory tariffs, to Feb. 14.
The Ag Department recalled all of the 9,700 Farm Service Agency employees in order to reopen offices. President Donald Trump has already signed legislation that guarantees employees will receive all pay missed during the lapse in funding.
For a list of what services will be available, go to: www.fsa.usda.gov/help/shutdowninfo.