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Makes Changes to Farm Loan, Disaster, Conservation and Safety Net
Programs to Make it Easier for Customers to Conduct Business
FSA Services Available by Phone Appointment Only
WASHINGTON, D.C., March 26, 2020 – USDA’s
Farm Service Agency (FSA) county offices are open by phone appointment
only until further notice, and FSA staff are available to continue
helping agricultural producers with program signups, loan servicing and
other important actions. Additionally, FSA is relaxing the loan-making
process and adding flexibilities for servicing direct and guaranteed
loans to provide credit to producers in need.
Service Centers are open for business by phone appointment only. While
our program delivery staff will continue to come into to the office,
they will be working with our agricultural producers by phone and using
email and online tools whenever possible.
programs and loans are critical to America’s farmers and ranchers, and
we want to continue our work with customers while taking precautionary
measures to help prevent the spread of coronavirus,” FSA Administrator
Richard Fordyce said. “We recognize that farm loans are critical for
annual operating and family living expenses, emergency needs and cash
flow through times like this. FSA is working to find and use every
option and flexibility to provide producers with credit options and
other program benefits.”
FSA is delivering programs and services, including:
Relaxing the Farm Loan-Making Process
FSA is relaxing the loan-making process, including:
Servicing Direct Loans
is extending deadlines for producers to respond to loan servicing
actions, including loan deferral consideration for financially
distressed and delinquent borrowers.
will temporarily suspend loan accelerations, non-judicial foreclosures,
and referring foreclosures to the Department of Justice. The U.S.
Attorney’s Office will make the determination whether to stop
foreclosures and evictions on accounts under its jurisdiction.
Servicing Guaranteed Loans
Guarantee lenders can self-certify, providing their borrowers with:
FSA will consider guaranteed lender requests for:
will be accepting additional forms and applications by facsimile or
electronic signature. Some services are also available online to
customers with an eAuth account, which provides access to the farmers.gov
portal where producers can view USDA farm loan information and payments
and view and track certain USDA program applications and payments.
Customers can track payments, report completed practices, request
conservation assistance and electronically sign documents. Customers who
do not already have an eAuth account can enroll at farmers.gov/sign-in.
encourages producers to contact their county office to discuss these
programs and temporary changes to farm loan deadlines and the loan
servicing options available. For Service Center contact information,
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