Farm Service Agency (FSA) offices are open temporarily to process certain paperwork for farmers and ranchers.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture recalled about 2,500 FSA employees to open offices Thursday, Jan. 17 and Friday, Jan. 18, in addition to Tuesday, Jan. 22, during normal business hours. The offices will be closed for the federal Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday Monday, Jan. 21.
In almost half of FSA locations, staff will be available to assist agricultural producers with existing farm loans and provide 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,” Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue said in a news release. “We continue to examine our legal authorities to ensure we are providing services to our customers to the greatest extent possible during the shutdown.”
The following South Dakota offices are open:
Beadle Service Center 1386 LINCOLN AVE SW Huron, SD 57350-3080 (605) 352-2998
Bennett/Oglala Lakota Service Center 706 W BENNETT AVE Martin, SD 57551 (605) 685-1239
Brookings Service Center 205 6TH ST, BROOKINGS, SD 57006-1406 (605) 692-8003
Brown Service Center 524 ENTERPRISE ST S Aberdeen, SD 57401 (605) 226-3360
Brule/Buffalo Service Center 200 PAUL GUST RD Chamberlain, SD 57325-1000 (605) 734-5413
Butte/Lawrence/Harding Service Center 1837 5TH AVE S Belle Fourche, SD 57717 (605) 892-3368
Charles Mix Service Center 276 MAIN ST Lake Andes, SD 57356-2032 (605) 487-7501
Codington Service Center 1720 4TH ST NE Watertown, SD 57201 (605) 886-8202
Davison/Hanson Service Center 1820 N KIMBALL ST Mitchell, SD 57301-1114 (605) 996-1564
Day Service Center 600 E HIGHWAY 12 Webster, SD 57274-1135 (605) 345-4661
Dewey Service Center 1015 MAIN ST Timber Lake, SD 57656 (605) 865-3552
Fall River/Custer Service Center 339 S CHICAGO ST Hot Springs, SD 57747-2323 (605) 745-5716
Faulk Service Center 110 8TH AVE N Faulkton, SD 57438 (605) 598-6237
Haakon Service Center 409 N WRAY AVE Philip, SD 57567 (605) 859-2186
Hand Service Center 118 E 2ND ST Miller, SD 57362-1407 (605) 853-2410
Hughes/Stanley Service Center 1717 N LINCOLN AVE Pierre, SD 57501-2398 (605) 224-8870
Hutchinson Service Center 701 W PLUM ST Parkston, SD 57366-2029 (605) 928-7925
Lake Service Center 123RD SW 2ND ST Madison, SD 57042-2874 (605) 256-6674
Meade Service Center 2202 MAIN ST Sturgis, SD 57785-1338 (605) 347-4952
Mellette/Todd Service Center 123 E 6TH ST White River, SD 57579 (605) 259-3252
Minnehaha Service Center 2408 BENSON RD Sioux Falls, SD 57104-7018 (605) 330-4515
Potter Service Center 507 E GARFIELD AVE Gettysburg, SD 57442 (605) 765-2575
Spink Service Center 25 1/2 W 6TH AVE Redfield, SD 57469-1117 (605) 472-0102
Tripp Service Center 113 S Madison ST Winner, SD 57580-1313 (605) 842-0603
Yankton Service Center 2914 N BROADWAY AVE Yankton, SD 57078-4836 (605) 665-2662
A full list of open offices is available here.
Staff members will be available at certain FSA offices to help producers with specific services, including:
Processing payments made on or before Dec. 31, 2018.
Continuing expiring financing statements.
Opening mail to identify priority items.
Staff may release proceeds from the sale of loan security by signing checks jointly payable to FSA that are brought to the county office by producers. Farmers who have loan deadlines during the lapse in funding do not need to make payments until the government shutdown ends.
Jan. 15 was the original deadline for producers to apply for the Market Facilitation Program, but farmers have been unable to apply since Dec. 28, 2018, when FSA offices closed because of the lapse in federal funding. Perdue extended the MFP application deadline for a period of time equal to the number of business days FSA offices end up being closed, once the government shutdown ends. These announced days of limited staff availability during the shutdown will not constitute days open in calculating the extension. Producers who already applied for MFP and certified their 2018 production by Dec. 28, should have already received their payments.
While staff are available in person during this three-day window, most available services can be handled over the phone.
Reopened FSA offices will only be able to provide the specifically identified services while open during this limited time. Services that will not be available include, but are not limited to:
New direct or facility loans.
New Farm loan guarantees.
New marketing assistance loans.
New applications for Market Facilitation Program (MFP).
Certification of 2018 production for MFP payments.
Dairy Margin Protection Program.
Disaster assistance programs, such as:
Livestock Indemnity Program.
Emergency Conservation Program.
Wildfires and Hurricanes Indemnity Program.
Livestock Forage Disaster Program.
Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees and Farm-Raised Fish.