USDA is providing more information on its website showing whether its service centers, including Farm Service Agency offices, are open and taking in-person appointments.
Service centers are open for limited in-person services in scattered states across the country, though most offices are accepting appointments in North Dakota, Montana, Wyoming, Idaho and Washington State. Kansas has a growing number of offices for in-person visits by appointment.
Farmers and landowners wanting to visit their local office should check the USDA website www.farmers.gov/coronavirus to search their state and county. If their service center is accepting appointments in person, producers should call ahead and make the appointment by phone. Visitors will be pre-screened for health concerns and recent travel and may be required to wear a face mask during the appointment, USDA states. Field work will continue to function through social distancing.
Farmers whose crops or agricultural products have not been selected as part of the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP), also have until June 22 to send information through the Federal Rulemaking Portal. USDA wants to know about agricultural products that suffered a 5% decline from mid-January to mid-April, or spoiled because of shipping challenges, or were unharvested. The docket to file information is https://beta.regulations.gov/…
Through Monday, USDA had reported $2.89 billion distributed through CFAP to 220,280 farmers. The breaks down to about $1.4 billion for livestock producers; $758 million for commodity crops; $666.9 million for dairy; and $53.3 million for specialty crops.
Chris Clayton can be reached at Chris.Clayton@dtn.com
Follow him on Twitter @ChrisClaytonDTN
© (c) Copyright 2020 DTN, LLC. All rights reserved.