How the Government Shutdown Affects Agriculture

How the Government Shutdown Affects AgricultureAlmost as soon President Trump signed the 2018 Farm Bill into law, he clashed with Congress on a wall on the U.S./Mexico border, leading to a government shutdown, according to an article on GrowingProduce.com. It’s a partial shutdown, meaning that some vital functions remain in place until the standoff between the President and Congress resolves.

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USDA is sharing which of its functions remain in place and which ones are suspended until the impasse ends.

At this point, 62% of USDA employees are still on the job. But that can change.

“If the shutdown continues, this percentage would decrease, and activities would be reduced as available funding decreases,” a USDA press release says.

Here’s a partial list of what USDA has shut down during the shut down:

  • Mandatory Audits (Financial Statements, FISMA, and potentially Improper Payments) are suspended and may not be completed and released on the date mandated by law.
  • USDA Farm Service Agency county offices closed at the end of business on Friday, December 28, 2018.
  • Providing new rural development loans and grants for housing, community facilities, utilities, and businesses.

Read more on GrowingProduce.com.

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