May 26, 2022
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South Dakota Farm Service Agency is Hiring Additional Loss Adjusters

The USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) is currently accepting offers from individuals interested in providing contracted crop adjusting services throughout South Dakota for the 2022 crop year. Loss Adjuster applications for the 2022 crop year are due May 1, 2022, to the South Dakota FSA State Office.

Loss Adjusters perform crop loss and related program services as assigned by FSA. Duties associated with these services include:

1) visiting farms to inspect damaged or destroyed crops;
2) appraising potential crop production;
3) determining and verifying the cause and time of loss;
4) determining farm-stored production;
5) visiting FSA offices and/or farms to perform inspections, reviews, or other loss services.

A full job description can be found at https://www.fsa.usda.gov/Assets/USDA-FSA-Public/usdafiles/State-Offices/South-Dakota/uploads/LAC_job_description.pdf

Starting pay for new adjusters is $20.25 per hour. A pay raise to $22.55 per hour is contingent on satisfactory completion of a full certification on at least one crop. Training pay is $15.00. Most equipment necessary to perform loss-adjusting activities is provided by FSA. Mileage and per diem will be paid by FSA; however, contracted adjusters are expected to provide their own mode of transportation.

Applications should be sent to the South Dakota Farm Service Agency State Office, Attention: Logan Kopfmann, 200 Fourth Street SW, Huron, South Dakota, 57350. All applications postmarked by May 1, 2022, will be reviewed and selections made based on work experience, agriculture background, availability, and the need for loss adjusters in the area. As part of the contract process, Loss Adjusters must pass a required fingerprint background check.

The application is available on the South Dakota FSA external webpage at sdfsa_loss_adjuster_contractor_application.pdf (usda.gov), or by contacting the Farm Service Agency State Office at 605-352-1160.

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