The implementation of Farm Bill programs, spring planting decisions, food stamp spending and many other activities that depend on government funding, may soon be in limbo as the partial government shutdown continues into its third week. With many federal workers facing their first payless payday Friday, the President and Democrats will be under huge pressure to resolve their dispute over border wall funding. Farm Bureau Executive Director Dale Moore says producers can’t wait much longer either.
USDA canceled key crop reports this week due to the partial government shutdown, depriving markets and producers of key price-setting and planning data. Moore says producers need certainty, and they need it soon…
Market Facilitation payments were continuing, but without farm bill rules and staff, new ARC or PLC and other signups won’t happen.
From NAFB News Service