Ag Appropriations Chair asks Perdue to make USDA loan programs “essential”

A North Dakota Senator has asked Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue to deem USDA loan programs “essential” so producers have access to credit during the government shutdown.

Ag Appropriations Committee Chairman John Hoeven says he spoke to Perdue this week about the importance of continuing essential USDA loan programs.

Hoeven says with the closure of FSA county and state offices, producers will not have access to programs that provide them with the cash flow to operate.  The Senator asked Perdue to have USDA work with the Office of Management and Budget to deem these loan programs essential so these loan applications can be processed.

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