Coronavirus and USDA Assistance for Farmers

We are committed to delivering USDA programs and services to America’s farmers and ranchers while taking safety measures in response to the coronavirus outbreak.

Some USDA offices are beginning to reopen to limited visitors by appointment only. Contact your local Service Center to find out if it is open to limited visitors. Service Center staff also continue to work with agricultural producers via phone, email, and other digital tools.

In addition to delivering our typical programs and services to producers, USDA is also offering relief to producers through programs and flexibilities. USDA’s new initiative – USDA Pandemic Assistance for Producers – will establish new programs and efforts to bring financial assistance to a broad set of farmers, ranchers, and producers who felt the impact of COVID-19 market disruptions. 

Additionally, for information on USDA-wide response to the COVID-19 pandemic, visit USDA's coronavirus response page.

USDA is temporarily suspending debt collections, foreclosures, and other activities on farm loans. More information below on these updates to farm loans and Farm Storage Facility Loans.

Working With Our Service Centers

Some USDA offices are beginning to reopen to limited visitors by appointment only. Farm Service Agency and Natural Resources Conservation Service staff also continue to work with agricultural producers via phone, email, and other digital tools.

To conduct business or find out if your local USDA Service Center is open to limited visitors, please contact your local USDA Service Center. Contact information can be found at farmers.gov/service-locator.

Field work, including conservation planning, still continues with appropriate social distancing, masking, and other appropriate public health measures.

Resources for Conducting Business Online

USDA will continue using Microsoft Teams to enable producers to meet with USDA Service Center staff virtually. Download step-by-step instructions for getting started via desktop, laptop, or mobile device.

Box and OneSpan functionality enables customers to virtually sign and share FSA and NRCS documents with USDA Service Center staff in just a few clicks. Producers can get started with a simple username and password for Box or, for OneSpan, a quick identity verification.  These tools do not require any software downloads.

Additional services are available to customers with an eAuthentication account, which provides access to the farmers.gov portal, and FSAfarm+. Customers who do not already have an eAuthentication account can enroll by selecting the “Sign In | Sign Up” option at the top of the page. This provides step-by-step instructions for creating an account.

    Farmers.gov Portal

    With eAuthentication access, through the farmers.gov portal, you can:

    FSA Websites

    • Request Loan Deficiency Payments through eLDP;
    • Choose a payment option, assign crop shares, and sign and submit ARC/PLC contracts online, as well as view and print submitted contracts; and
    • View your FSA data on FSAfarm+, including farm records data and maps.

    USDA Pandemic Assistance for Producers

    USDA’s new initiative – USDA Pandemic Assistance for Producers – will establish new programs and efforts to bring financial assistance to a broad set of farmers, ranchers, and producers who felt the impact of COVID-19 market disruptions. 

    Visit farmers.gov/pandemic-assistance to learn more. 

    Updates on Program Flexibilities

    USDA's Farm Service Agency, Natural Resources Conservation Service, and Risk Management Agency offer resources to support producers impacted by the coronavirus outbreak.

    USDA flexibilities and programs for farmers and ranchers include:




    News & Resources


    Find Your Local Service Center

    We are committed to delivering USDA services to America’s farmers and ranchers while taking safety measures in response to the pandemic. Some USDA offices are beginning to reopen to limited visitors by appointment only. Service Center staff also continue to work with agricultural producers via phone, email, and other digital tools. Learn more at farmers.gov/coronavirus.

    USDA Service Centers are locations where you can connect with Farm Service Agency, Natural Resources Conservation Service, or Rural Development employees for your business needs. Enter your state and county below to find your local service center and agency offices. If this locator does not work in your browser, please visit offices.usda.gov.

    Visit the Risk Management Agency website to find a regional or compliance office or to find an insurance agent near you.