U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson (D-7th District, Minnesota) is calling on the U.S. Department of Ag's Farm Service Agency headquarters to allow local FSA offices to make payments on Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) contracts where modifications are pending, as the agency did under similar circumstances in 2013.

    "The CRP payments that folks depend on to pay property taxes and other bills are being held up because FSA headquarters has shut down the ability to make minor contract modifications. There are more than 930 such cases across Minnesota,” Peterson said in a statement released by his office. “When I raised this issue in a conversation with Secretary Perdue last week, he promised me that it would be fixed. This is something USDA has the power to address, as it did in 2013, and it should do so immediately."