The U.S. federal government is on the verge of a shutdown, and the farm bill extension is on the verge of expiring. Despite efforts by the House to pass legislation, the bill has not yet gone to conference between the two branches. There is hope a conference will start soon.
A federal government shutdown will impact agriculture in several ways, including closing research facilities, stopping NASS and market reporting and shutting down the ERS website, among others. And not only is the government shutdown looming, the farm bill extension also expires tonight, Sept. 30.
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