Like the rest of America, farmers woke up this morning and learned that the federal government is shut down.
How will the shutdown impact American agriculture? Unfortunately, we’re about to find out. For now, here’s what we know:
- The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has mostly gone dark. With the exception of food and grain inspections, fighting forest fires and monitoring government property, most of the department’s 100,000 employees are furloughed (put on temporary leave) and offices are closed.