Farm Service Agency County Offices to Reopen January 24

  • Jan 23, 2019

Beginning January 24, Farm Service Agency (FSA) offices will reopen to provide additional administrative services to farmers and ranchers. Offices will be open Monday – Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. from January 24 – February 8. Beginning February 12, FSA office hours will be limited to Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of each week.

During this time, select Farm Programs and Farm Loan Programs will be available. FSA will work on the following:

  • 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

However, transactions will not be available for the following:

  • 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

Programs managed by FSA that were re-authorized by the 2018 Farm Bill will be available at a later date.

It’s important to note that the deadline of numerous FSA programs have been extended because of the government shutdown and the emergency nature of many of the programs. The extensions are noted below: 

  • Market Facilitation Program — Deadline to apply extended to February 14, 2019
  • Marketing Assistance Loans — If loan matured in December 2018, settlement date extended to February 14, 2019
  • Peanut loans or Loan Deficiency Payments — Loan availability date now February 28, 2019
  • Emergency Conservation Program — Performance reporting due February 14, 2019
  • Livestock Forage Disaster — 2018 application for payment due February 28, 2019
  • Emergency Assistance Livestock, Honey Bees, and Farm-raised Fish Program — Notice of loss due February 14, 2019
  • Livestock Indemnity Program — Notice of loss due February 14, 2019
  • Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program — Submitting 2019 application for coverage due February 14, 2019
  • Notice of loss for 72-hour harvest and grazing (as applicable) — Due February 14, 2019
  • Notice of loss for prevented planting and failed acres due February 14, 2019
  • Applications for payment for 2018 covered losses due February 14, 2019
  • Tree Assistance Program — Notice of loss due February 14, 2019
  • Acreage Reporting — January reporting deadlines extended to February 14, 2019

FSA notes that walk-ins are always welcome, but encourages growers to schedule appointments. Growers can locate their local FSA center online.

For additional information, contact Aubrey Bettencourt, State Executive Director California USDA-FSA at Aubrey.Bettencourt@ca.usda.gov or 530.792.5540 or Brooke Raffaele, FSA, at Brooke.Raffaele@ca.usda.gov.

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