January 16, 2019

Please Note: Not all FSA offices in Minnesota will be temporarily reopening tomorrow. Here is a list of offices that will be open Thursday and Friday, Jan. 17 & 18 and on Tuesday, Jan. 22 (Monday, Jan. 21 is a Federal Holiday).

https://www.farmers.gov/sites/default/files/documents/OpenFSAServiceCenters.pdf

 

As part of the Walz-Flanagan administration’s action plan to protect Minnesotans during the federal government shutdown, Minnesota farmers who are experiencing setbacks due to the shutdown are encouraged to seek assistance from the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA). While the USDA did announce today that Farm Service Agency (FSA) Offices will temporarily reopen January 17, 18, and 22, some farmers may still be in need of additional resources heading into the spring planting season.

“I’m pleased that the FSA offices will reopen for a few days to help farmers get their existing loans processed,” said Minnesota Agriculture Commissioner Thom Petersen. “The FSA is an important federal partner and provides critical services to farmers. My understanding is that the FSA staff will be available to assist farmers with existing farm loans.”

Petersen encourages Minnesota farmers to contact their local FSA office immediately during this temporary reopening. He also reminds farmers who may be in need of financial assistance or other resources to consider these programs offered by the MDA:

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Margaret Hart, MDA Communications
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