The majority of the U.S. Department of Agriculture hasn’t been disrupted by the partial government shutdown yet. If the dispute drags on, it could potentially affect how quickly the second round of trade aid payments get to farmers. Farm Service Agency offices were open Friday That’s when money appropriated in previous years runs out. Farm Journal says if the dispute does drag on into early January, FSA will likely have to extend the application deadline for MFP payments, which is currently January 15th.
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