With the government shutdown, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has closed Farm Service Agency county offices across the country.
The county offices were among the last on the list to close. FSA was operating on funds they had stored up through Dec. 28, but those funds ran dry. The closure comes at a busy time with the recent announcement of Trade Mitigation Payments round two. Producers who have certified 2018 production are expected to still receive Market Facilitation Program payments. Those who haven’t certified 2018 acres will have to wait until the shutdown is over.
Producers who have already certified their 2018 production acres with FSA will continue to get their payments. For those who weren’t able to get the certification completed, they will have to wait until the government shutdown is over. Official signup for the program was scheduled to end on Jan. 15. Farmers can certify their 2018 production until May 1.… Continue readingRead More »