Despite the fact the government shutdown has now gone a month long, the USDA is opening all farm service agency offices and offering normal services.
United States Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced all offices across the nation will open on the 24th of January with additional administrative services. Certain FSA offices have remained open during the shutdown but all will reopen and offer a longer list of transactions they’ll do.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has recalled all of the more than 97 hundred employees to keep offices open from 8am to 4:30pm starting this Thursday. Updates to available services and offices will be made during the lapse in federal funding on the FSA shutdown webpage. Programs managed by FSA that were re-authorized by the 2018 farm bill will be available at a later date yet to be determined.