On Tuesday, Jan. 8, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue tweeted the following:
“We’ve extended deadline for Market Facilitation Program applications. Kept @usdafsa offices open as long as possible, but closed when funding lapsed. January 15th deadline extended for period of time equal to number of business days FSA offices were closed, once shutdown ends.”
The government shutdown, which began on Dec. 22, is closing in on three weeks. USDA was able to use existing funding to keep Farm Service Agency offices open for about a week before that funding ran out. Payments have continued to go out for farmers who had already applied and certified their production levels before the shutdown began.