How the Government Shutdown Affects Agriculture

Wednesday, January 2nd, 2019

Carol Miller

With the ongoing government shutdown, not only are federal workers concerned about their livelihoods, but so are many farmworkers and agriculturalist throughout the county. While we recently applauded the signing of the latest Farm Bill, the governmental shutdown is poised to have detrimental impacts on American agriculture. Learn about how the shutdown is impacting agriculture in the excerpt below from Growing Produce.

Almost 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. It’s a partial shutdown, meaning that some vital functions remain in place until the standoff between the President and Congress resolves.

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.

Find a list of  what USDA has shut down during the shut down here.