More uncertainty for agriculture industry waiting for USDA funding

Bismarck, ND – A federal funding deal comes just in time to save farmers from more uncertainty.

The USDA is one of the agencies that would’ve been involved in a partial government shutdown. That would force field offices to close. Those offices are typically busy right now with people enrolling in farm bill programs or potentially applying for the federal funds offered to producers hurt by trade tariffs.

With trade wars, farm bill negotiations and this shutdown threat, it has been a stressful few months for the ag industry.

“I think this is a hiccup and folks in the ag community are probably hardy enough to roll with the punches on these anxieties that have been built up,” North Dakota Farm Bureau Director of Public Policy Pete Hanebutt said.

Congress will continue to discuss long-term funding after the holidays.

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