CROP CONDITIONS: Shutdown Halts Weekly Report

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The government shutdown means no more weekly crop reports from the USDA until a budget is passed.

That means farmers and commodity brokers aren’t getting a complete picture of conditions in Iowa and across the nation.

Iowa’s Secretary of Agriculture says farmers are more worried about the lack of a farm bill and what that means for soil conservation.

“A lot of conservation practices are put on in the fall,” Bill Northey says.

“Those federal programs are not there right now. There not there because we don’t have staff that’s there and we don’t have a farm bill so we don’t have dollars to go towards those programs.”

The government shutdown will be going into its eighth day Tuesday.



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