Livestock Industry Hurting as Government Unable to Respond
National Farmers Union is concerned about the direct impact of the government shutdown on livestock producers - especially those in severe weather stricken areas. NFU President Roger Johnson notes Colorado, South Dakota, Wyoming and other areas have seen record amounts of unseasonably early snowfall. With government agencies operating in limited capacity - Johnson says the residents of these areas were lacking information and saw delays in reports and warnings that could have allowed for better preparation for the extreme conditions experienced. Johnson adds that ranchers don't have access to assistance with USDA Farm Service Agency offices closed, Livestock Indemnity Program benefits aren't available and other sources of support and information are unavailable. He says we're only beginning to learn the impact these weather disasters had on family farmers and ranchers. Johnson is deeply concerned for the future of the industry if the government shutdown continues. He says Congress needs to pass a clean continuing resolution, get the government working again and pass a five-year, comprehensive farm bill. Johnson says we can't afford this standstill any longer.
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