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Government shutdown has ripple affect

As the United States government shutdown enters its second week, the shuttering of federal offices can be seen locally.
Just look at the U.S. Agriculture Department’s farm services offices. Now, farmers can’t apply for new loans, sign up acreages for government programs or receive government checks for programs they’re already enrolled in. And at a time when researchers who are seeking new wheat varieties and plant traits should be planting experimental plots, all work has ground to a halt.
In addition, farmers are having to do without agriculture reports. This is an issue because farmers today ...


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