Dairy Farmers Affected By Government Shutdown
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CREATED Oct. 2, 2013
GRAND CHUTE- The government shutdown is having an impact on one of Wisconsin's biggest industries. The Federal Farm Service Agency is now closed and that could affect dairy farmers across the Badger State.
Mark Petersen of Grand Chute is one of many dairy farmers in Wisconsin, the government shutdown could affect with the Farm Service Agency closed.
"Government offices that we lean on sometimes for advice and support aren't going to be available," says Petersen.
This means delays in federal payments. Farmers applying for loans will have to wait and if the price of milk drops, the income loss subsidy would not kick in.
"That's not good if you're trying to build something or you're trying to refinance something. Now you're just kind of stuck in limbo," says Dairy Agent Zen Miller.
Another issue is the expiration of the Farm Bill. Dozens of programs administered by the agriculture program will end without a new bill or extension.