It’s North Dakota Farm Service Agency State Executive Director Marcy Svenningsen’s second week on the job. She is familiar with the agency and chaired the state committee during the Obama administration. One of the big changes at the FSA since the Obama administration is the increased use of technology and transition of working through COVID. Almost all county offices remain staffed at 75 percent across North Dakota, but Svenningsen says that could change soon. “We’re slowly coming around, but we have to hang in there. Out of all of the e-mails I’ve received this week, e-mails relating to this topic are of highest level of importance.” Svenningsen is looking forward to getting back to normal after the COVID pandemic. One way to do that is to name a state committee. She submitted four names to FSA last week. “We need to get our state committee going and now that there’s a state executive director in place, we need to get back to normal operations of the North Dakota Farm Service Agency.” Farmers are still encouraged to call ahead for appointments at FSA. The deadline for commodity safety net program enrollment is March 15.
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