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Farmers Feel Federal Shutdown

January 10, 2019 09:38 PM

(ABC 6 News) -- Each year, farmers across the country wait for two reports come out at the start of the year that provides guidance on how the markets are doing.

But, because of the partial government shutdown, they’ve been put on hold.

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“It kind of seems like some of these things tie right in with the weather we had, you know we had a very wet fall and a lot of challenges came in 2018,” said Dave Mensink, a farmer from Preston, MN.

The two reports – the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) and the Office of the Chief Economist World Agriculture Outlook Board (OCE-AOB) – are stuck in limbo.

Mensink said they’re some of the most important pieces of information released by the USDA of the year.

“It surely could influence what you’re going to plant or how your plans are going to be for 2019,” Mensink said.

It’s not the only way the shutdown is affecting farmers.

“All our local FSA (Farmer Service Agency) offices for 2019 are closed, so families that want to get a loan on some grain if they didn’t apply for their market facilitation payment, you know that is all being held up,” he said.

While for now, it’s just another bump in the road, Mensink says he’s hopeful the reports will be released soon.

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