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October 03, 2013   Email to Friend 

NRCS, FSA OFFICES REMAIN CLOSED FOR SHUTDOWN
Mary Johnson
(334) 235-1406
October 03, 2013

Federal offices associated with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) remain closed as part of the government shutdown. Alabama workers with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and Farm Services Agency (FSA), among others, were sent home Tuesday after completing shutdown procedures.

“We’re now three days into the shutdown, and it seems we’re no closer to finding a solution to re-open the federal government,” said Alabama Farmers Federation Director of National Legislative Programs. “This budget dispute needs to be resolved so USDA employees can get back to their jobs and Congress can move on to passing a new farm bill.”

Websites for NRCS, FSA, the National Agricultural Statistics Service and E-Verify will be unavailable until the shutdown is resolved. 

The “FSA Shutdown Plan” requires offices to cancel all meetings, hearings and loan closings and place a hold on all mail deliveries to state and county offices.

Federal shutdown plans instruct employees to stay aware of news reports and return to work the day after Congress approves a budget or continuing resolution.

The federal shutdown started Tuesday Oct. 1 as Congress failed to reach an agreement to keep the government open. Offices deemed “essential operations,” including Medicare and Social Security, have not closed.

For additional information on available services, visit usa.gov/shutdown.shtml. Visit usa.gov for more information about the effects of the government shutdown.


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