The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is temporarily restricting in-person visits for several service centers in Montana because of elevated rates of coronavirus community spread, but USDA employees will continue to assist agricultural producers with programs and services.

USDA is using a phased, data-driven approach to determine which service centers shall remain open for in-person appointments. Field work, including conservation planning assistance, will continue with appropriate social distancing. While many of the service centers across Montana will be physically closed to visitors, FSA remains open for business.

Throughout the pandemic, USDA work with producers has continued and the agency remains committed to serving our customers. All USDA service centers are open for business, and staff members from 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 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 www.farmers.gov/coronavirus/service-center-status. Contact information for local service centers is available at www.farmers.gov/service-center-locator.