Farm Service Agency offices were to be closed during the shutdown. Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images
U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced Wednesday that the USDA has called back 2,500 furloughed workers to temporarily provide limited financial services for farmers and ranchers affected by the government shutdown.
The big picture: About half of all Farm Service Agency offices will be reopened Jan. 17, 18 and 22 to provide services for agricultural producers with existing farm loans, expiring financing statements and unprocessed payments made on or before Dec. 31. Perdue told Fox Business Monday that even though the agency is working to get staffers back on a temporary basis, he thinks "the shutdown needs to end" to curtail farmers' hardship.