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USDA to Reopen FSA Offices for Limited Services 
(Washington, D.C., January 16, 2019) – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced that many Farm Service Agency (FSA) offices will reopen temporarily in the coming days to perform certain limited services for farmers and ranchers. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has recalled about 2,500 FSA employees to open offices on Thursday, January 17 and Friday, January 18, in addition to Tuesday, January 22, during normal business hours. The offices will be closed for the federal Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday on Monday, January 21. 

In almost half of FSA locations, FSA staff will be available to assist agricultural producers with existing farm loans and to ensure the agency provides 1099 tax documents to borrowers by the Internal Revenue Service’s deadline.

“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,” Perdue 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.”

Here the list of open Farm Service Agency (FSA) Service Centers for Farm Loan Activities – January 17, 18 and 22:
Monroeville Service Center - 334 Agriculture Drive, Suite 101, Monroeville, AL 36460 (251) 743-2587 
Moulton Service Center - 13075 AL Hwy 157, Suite 3, Moulton, AL 35650 (256) 974-1174 
New Brockton Service Center - 1055 East McKinnon St, New Brockton, AL 36351 (334) 894-5581 
Rainsville Service Center - 200 Main St., West, Suite 105, Rainsville, AL 35986 (256) 638-2181 
Tuscaloosa Service Center - 3831-D Palisades Drive, Tuscaloosa, AL 35405 (205) 553-1733 
Wetumpka Service Center -105 Gossom Switch Road, Wetumpka, AL 36092 (334) 567-2264

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NOTE:  You can read this press release in its entirety, as well as the USDA press release made on Jan 8, 2019 - “USDA Announces Plan to Protect SNAP Participants’ Access to SNAP in February”  at www.usda.gov/media/press-releases.