Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack welcomed back his employees Friday morning after politicians reached an agreement to re-open the government and raise the debt limit.
The former Iowa governor greeted the once furloughed USDA workers with a hand shake.
The USDA also announced the delay of several reports due to the shutdown. That includes the closely monitored monthly crop report.
It was due out last Friday but now the next report will not be released until November 8th.
Vilsack says his department has a lot of ground to make up.
“There’s a lot of important work that needs to be done especially for rural parts of this country and we’re just excited to have folks back and focused on getting back to work,” Vilsack said.
The deal agreed to by the Senate and the House and signed by the president will offer compensation to federal workers who have been furloughed since October 1st.