MOUNT VERNON — Employees of the federal government are currently feeling a pinch being out of work during the partial federal government shutdown. While federal programs are not operating during the shutdown, local residents participating in federal programs, specifically farmers, can be left wondering if they may be hit with a financial shortfall during this period.
Ohio State University Extension agent John Barker told the News that the Farm Service Agency and the Natural Resources Conservation Service are both closed during the government shutdown.
“As far as how this is affecting farmers right now, probably not tremendously at the moment as they are involved with harvest, bringing the crops in,” said Barker. “If there is some paperwork to be done, they cannot do so until [the offices] re-open.”
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