Call ahead before visiting USDA service centers
The coronavirus pandemic has led the U.S. Department of Agriculture to temporarily restrict in-person visits at a number of service centers. But the offices remain open for business.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture is temporarily restricting in-person visits for numerous Service Centers because of elevated rates of coronavirus community spread. USDA employees will continue to assist agricultural producers with programs and services, however.
According to a statement from the USDA, the department is using a phased, data-driven approach to determine which Service Centers are open for in-person appointments. Field work, including conservation planning assistance, will continue with appropriate social distancing.
Though many of the Service Centers across the country will be physically closed to visitors, the Farm Service Agency and Natural Resources Conservation Service — both USDA agencies — remain open for business. Throughout the pandemic, USDA work with producers has continued and the agency remain committed to serving our customers.
All USDA Service Centers are open for business, and Service Center staff members from the FSA and NRCS will continue to work with producers by phone, email, and digital tools like Microsoft Teams, Box, and OneSpan. Producers can learn more about how to leverage these digital offerings by visiting https://www.farmers.gov/mydocs .
Producers wishing to conduct business with the FSA, NRCS, or any other Service Center agency should call ahead to confirm and schedule appointments. More information on Service Center status can be found at https://www.farmers.gov/coronavirus/service-center-status , and contact information for local Service Centers is available at https://www.farmers.gov/service-center-locator .