HAVRE, Mont. (NMB) – Last week, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced that all Farm Service Agency Offices nationwide would be reopening.
A press release says that FSA can provide certain administrative services, which are critical for farmers and ranchers, because failure to perform these services would harm funded programs. These services include the Market Facilitation Program; Marketing Assistance Loans; release of collateral warehouse receipts; Direct and Guaranteed Farm Operating Loans and Emergency Loans; service existing Conservation Reserve Program contracts; Sugar Price Support Loans; Dairy Margin Protection Program; Agricultural Risk Coverage and Price Loss Coverage; Livestock Forage Disaster; Emergency Assistance Livestock, Honey Bees, and Farm-raised Fish Program; Livestock Indemnity Program; Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program; Tree Assistance Program; and remaining Wildfires and Hurricanes Indemnity Program payments for applications already processed.
Transactions that will not be available include new Conservation Reserve Program contracts, new Direct and Guaranteed Farm Ownership Loans, Farm Storage Facility Loan Program, new or in-process Wildfires and Hurricanes Indemnity Program applications, Emergency Conservation Program, Emergency Forest Rehabilitation Program, Biomass Crop Assistance Program, and the Grassroots Source Water Protection Program.
Updates to available services an offices will be made during the lapse in federal funding on the FSA shutdown webpage.