FSA Offices to Close During Shutdown

December 29, 2018

By Jerry Hagstrom , DTN Political Correspondent

Farm Service Agency offices have stayed open during the government shutdown using money appropriated in prior years that can be carried forward. (Logo courtesy of the Farm Service Agency) After Friday, FSA offices to close until agreement reached to end shutdown.

WASHINGTON (DTN) -- Despite a partial government shutdown that includes Agriculture Department offices, Farm Service Agency county offices remain open through Friday.

The FSA offices are staying open using money appropriated in prior years that can be carried forward. FSA can continue to serve customers until that money is used up.

FSA county offices are accepting applications for the Market Facilitation Program that makes payments to farmers in reaction to the retaliatory tariffs that have led to reductions in U.S. farm exports. Farmers do not need to have finished harvest to sign up, and have until May 1 to certify production.