The U.S. Department of Agriculture is temporarily re-opening several farm service agencies, despite the ongoing government shutdown. The announcement was made Wednesday by U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue, via a press release on the USDA website and their Facebook page

The department will only open about half of their FSA locations nationwide for a three day period, including the Lubbock location at 6113 43rd Street. Other locations that will be opened in the South Plains area include the farm service agency office in Plainview, Tulia, Littlefield, Lamesa, Floydada, Farwell, Childress, and Abilene, to name a few.

The open locations will be open Thursday, the 17, Friday the 18th, and Tuesday the 22nd, during normal business hours. Unfortunately, FSA staff will only be able to assist producers with existing farm loans and other limited items, and will not be able to process paperwork for new loans. To find out more about the partial re-openings, visit USDA.gov.