The Farm Service Agency has announced that the government shutdown process has been started.
“Due to a lapse in appropriations for the Farm Service Agency as of Oct. 1, the Farm Service Agency has initiated the process of orderly shutdown of nonessential operations,” said Juan Garcia, FSA Administrator in a statement. “We understand the uncertainty that the current circumstances present for Americans that USDA serves every day, as well as our many partners around the country. Effective today, most Farm Service Agency staff will be furloughed pending reinstatement of funding by Congress. These staff will not be available by phone or email, and cannot carry out work for the Agency, until funding is restored.
“In the Farm Service Agency, this means that many services will be delayed or interrupted for farmers, ranchers, and associated customers. For example, this includes, but is not limited to, FSA’s commodity price support activities and commodity loans, farm loans, disaster assistance, and conservation programs.”
The USDA’s plans for a lapse in appropriations can be found at http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/contingency-plans.
“We are committed to keeping you as up to date as possible, within the limits of current circumstances,” Garcia said.