As one might expect, with the limited 3-day opening of state Farm Service Agency offices, producers are clamoring for help. Steve Brown, State Executive Director for the USDA Indiana Farm Service Agency said since opening Thursday they have been very busy.
“We have very limited staff and unfortunately the eight offices we’ve got open are getting bombarded by multiple county producers.”
Brown says “unfortunately” only because it creates such a slow process. And those eight offices only offer limited services.
“What we can do right now is process payments received on or before December 31, 2018,” he told HAT. “We can continue expiring financing statements, open the mail to identify priority items such as bankruptcy notices and actions that may adversely affect or impact our loan security, and we do have the ability to process some payments. We’re going to be able to process some commodity loan repayments for producers who have loans and have two-party checks. We can do a limited amount of that.”
But for producers waiting until the new year to sign up for the Market Facilitation Program for tax purposes, FSA can’t help you yet.
“We cannot sign anything up, any new program contracts, there’s just several things we can’t do. That’s one of them and I know that’s a big concern of producers because some of them will potentially receive some very good sized payments.”
The Indiana service centers that opened are in Columbia City, Greensburg, Marion, New Castle, Rensselaer, Rockville, Salem and Vincennes. For the list of service offices open during the three-day window, check out this link.
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