Government Shutdown Information

USDA Farm Service Agency county offices will not be operating after December 28, 2018, due to the lapse in appropriation. However, certain FSA offices will be open Jan. 17-18 and Jan 22, and some FSA staff members will be available for specific services. More information on USDA-wide resources and services can be found here.

Market Facilitation Program

Farmers who have already applied for the Market Facilitation Program and certified their 2018 production by December 28, 2018 received payments. U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue extended the deadline for agricultural producers to apply for the program for a period of time equal to the number of business days FSA offices were closed, once the government shutdown ends. The days of limited staff availability in January 2019 do not constitute days open in calculating the extension. The original deadline had been January 15, 2019, but farmers have been unable to apply for the program since the lapse in federal funding caused the closure of USDA FSA offices at the end of business on December 28, 2018.  

FSA Loan Guidance

Due to the lapse in federal government funding, all commodity loan activity ceased January 3, 2019. This included any loan activity conducted by DMA’s, LSA’s, and CMA’s. However, certain FSA offices will be open Jan. 17-18 and Jan 22, and some FSA staff members will be available for with specific services, including:

  • Processing payments made on or before Dec. 31, 2018;
  • Continuing expiring financing statements; and
  • Opening mail to identify priority items.

Additionally, as an intermittent incidental duty, staff may release proceeds from the sale of loan security by signing checks jointly payable to FSA that are brought to the county office by producers.

While staff are available in person during this three-day window, most available services can be handled over the phone. Producers can begin contacting staff Jan. 17.

Find contact information.

Read the January 16, 2019 news release.

Read frequently asked questions.

Additionally, farmers who have loan payments due during the lapse in funding do not need to make payments until the government shutdown ends.

Access to the following automated FSA systems will no longer be available: Commodity Loan Processing System, Cotton On-Line Processing System, Automated Cotton Reporting System and Centralized Cotton Redemption.

Commodities Pledged as Collateral for a Commodity Loan

Farm-stored commodities pledged as Commodity Credit Corporation collateral can be marketed (moved for purchase to a buyer) or fed, however, the following activities will not be processed while the government is shutdown:

  • Loan repayments
  • Loan disbursements
  • Refunds
  • Termination of transfers

During the shutdown, movement of collateral will be treated the same as loan collateral moved on a non-workday (same as a weekend or federal holiday). Producers with farm-stored loans may move loan collateral to non-designated structures during this period without prior written approval, provided the producer requests a CCC-681-1 Marketing Authorization on the next business day either by phone or in person.

FSA Farm Loan (Direct and Guaranteed) and FSA Farm Storage Facility Loans (FSFL)

Producers interested in FSA loan assistance may obtain more information for the following loan activity. The following sites provide the necessary forms to submit to apply along with information regarding the loan programs:

Please note these websites will not be current or maintained until funding issues have been resolved.

Loan applications will not be processed or considered until the lapse in federal funding has been resolved. 

Acceptance of FSA Farm Loan and FSA Farm Storage and Facility Loan Payments:

If borrowers wish to remit payments, checks and money orders can be sent by mail to the local FSA office. Payments will be credited after the lapse in federal funding has been resolved. The postmark on the envelope will be used as the received date of the payment. FSFL and Direct Loans will not be deemed delinquent if a borrower is unable to make a payment due to offices being closed because of a lapse in federal funding.

Release of Normal Income Security:

Some FSA farm loan staff members will be available Jan. 17-18 and Jan 22 at certain FSA offices. During this time, they can release proceeds from the sale of loan security by signing checks jointly payable to FSA that are brought to the county office by producers. Find contact information here.

After Jan. 22, customers requesting the release of proceeds from the sale of crops, livestock or other security are advised to contact the office after the lapse in federal funding has been resolved.

Obtaining Account Status Information:

You may call 1-888-518-4983 to check the current status of your account.