Farm Service Agency offices to reopen today across Southwest Oklahoma
Multiple Farm Service Agencies across Southwest Oklahoma will reopen temporarily to help farmers affected by the ongoing partial government shutdown.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Wednesday in a press release that a select number of offices will reopen today, Friday and Tuesday. The offices will remain closed Monday in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Sonny Perdue, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, said almost half of the Farm Service Agency offices will open temporarily during regular business hours to help farmers fulfill necessary duties.
“Until Congress sends President Trump an appropriations bill in the form that he will sign, we are doing our best to minimize the impact of the partial federal funding lapse on America’s agricultural producers,” he said. “We are bringing back part of our FSA team to help producers with existing farm loans. Meanwhile, we continue to examine our legal authorities to ensure we are providing services to our customers to the greatest extent possible during the shutdown.”