USDA will reopen its Farm Service Agency offices on Thursday on a full-time basis and offer a broader list of services. This is a good thing for FSA's farmer and rancher customers. They'll be able to get their loan questions addressed, get necessary paperwork done for other USDA programs and deal with trade aid or disaster relief.
The CEOs of three Farm Credit banks and the Farm Credit Council called on lawmakers and the president to reopen the federal government so farmers can get farm loans lined up before planting season begins.
When a farmland owner dies without a will, the real estate often lacks a clear title, making it harder to apply for a USDA farm number, loans and safety net benefits. A provision of the recently passed farm bill simplifies that process, and experts say it could encourage more states to adopt property laws that help keep farms intact.