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AGRIBUSINESS: Iowa Agriculture Functioning Through Shutdown

Posted on: 5:45 am, October 7, 2013, by , updated on: 02:07am, October 7, 2013

The government shutdown is not only affected people in Washington, said Iowa Agriculture Secretary Bill Northey.

Some of the most immediate and visible effects of the shutdown are hurting producers here in Iowa.  If farmers want to do conservation practices after the harvest, they might just be out of luck, Northey said.

“Well they can’t go to the office because we have a shutdown and there is nobody in the office.  But if the office was open they wouldn’t be equipped with conservation dollars,” Northey said.

Despite all of this, the state agriculture is still performing essential operations, like meat and dairy inspections.  But Iowa does have some advantages, according to Northey.

“In some areas, we have enough freedom to be separated from the federal folks,” he said.  So while the government is down, Iowa agriculture can still function.

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