Farmers feel impacts of shutdown, farm bill lapse

Farmers are frustrated by last week’s shutdown of the federal government and expiration of the 2008 farm bill, said Iowa Farm Bureau President Craig Hill.

"It’s a little bit difficult to separate the two," he said.

The federal government shutdown, which took effect Oct. 1 after Congress failed to pass a Continuing Resolution (CR) to fund operations, affected farmers in a number of ways, including closing of some U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) offices and disrupting funding for a number of government programs.

Federal meat inspectors remained on...

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