A shutdown of the federal government looms as Congress attempts to negotiate a spending bill. Many are wondering what this means for U.S. agriculture.
USDA posted a document on its website, dated Sept. 27, stating that it is "working to ensure that we are prepared for all possible scenarios," according to Delta Farm Press, a sister publication of Hay & Forage Grower. "Agency operational plans are still being finalized, but in the event of a government shutdown, most USDA activities would be shut down or significantly reduced and most USDA employees would be furloughed."
Some USDA functions – related to law enforcement, protection of life or property, or those funded another way – would continue, according to the USDA document.
Read the full Delta Farm Press story for more information.
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