KEARNEY, Neb. -- Farm Service Agency offices nationwide, including here in Nebraska, are reopening Thursday amidst the government shutdown.
According to US Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, some FSA offices have been open, offering limited services, but now all offices will be open and providing additional services.
Both Senator Deb Fisher and Representative Adrian smith tweeting, saying this opening is good news.
Secretary Perdue announced the Market Facilitation Program deadline application has been extended to February 14 and said there's potential of other deadlines being modified as well.
For the next two weeks, FSA offices will be open Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. After, the offices will be open only three days a week.
According to the USDA, FSA staff will work on the following transactions:
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.
Remaining Wildfires and Hurricanes Indemnity Program payments for applications already processed.
Transactions that will not be available include, but are not limited to:
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.
Grassroots Source Water Protection Program