US Farm Service Recalls 2,500 Staff To Reopen Offices During Shutdown - Agriculture Chief

WASHINGTON (Pakistan Point News / Sputnik - 16th January, 2019) The US Farm Service Agency (FSA) will recall 2,500 workers to reopen its offices temporarily for three days over the coming week, Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue said in a press release on Wednesday.

"US Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced that many Farm Service Agency offices will reopen temporarily in the coming days to perform certain limited services for farmers and ranchers," the release said.

The Department of Agriculture 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 release explained.

"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 in the release.

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 tax documents to borrowers by the Internal Revenue Service's deadline, the release said.