Perdue stated in the release that “until Congress sends President Trump an Appropriations Bill in the form he will sign”, he said. To assist farmers with existing farm loans, we are bringing back part our FSA team. We continue to review our legal authorities to make sure we provide services to our customers to their maximum extent during the shutdown.” The release states that FSA staff will be available to help with existing farm loans as well as to ensure that 1099 tax documents are provided to borrowers by the deadline set by the Internal Revenue Service. According to the statement, staff members will be at FSA offices to assist producers with certain services. These include: * Processing payments received on or before December 31, 2018 * Expiring financing statements will continue to be valid. * Priority items can be identified by opening mail The tariffs and U.S. standoff with China are having an impact on Mississippi farmers.