Mandan, Dickinson, Williston, Linton, Mott, Selfridge, Minot and Jamestown Farm Service Agency offices are among those being re-opened temporarily during the federal government shutdown.
The offices will be open three days — Thursday, Friday and Tuesday — to sign checks, process payments and provide 1099 tax documents, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Farmers who have loan deadlines during the lapse in funding do not need to make payments until the government shutdown ends, USDA said.
Sen. John Hoeven R-N.D., who pushed for the re-opening, praised the move: "At the same time, we continue encouraging the Administration to mitigate additional impacts, including providing additional service for Marketing Assistance Loans and Guaranteed Loans.”
Services that will not be available:
• FSA will not be processing new direct loans or loan guarantees and will not accept disaster assistance program applications. Staff also will not be taking new applications for relief payments related to the ongoing trade war.
• The application deadline for relief payments will be extended after the government shutdown ends. Producers who applied and certified their 2018 crop production by Dec. 28 should already have received their payments.