Farmers aren’t getting their subsidies with government shutdown

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The impact of the government shutdown may be hard to see closer to home, but farmers around Kansas are experiencing some challenges. 

“A little bit of luck, and a little bit of help and a lot of influence from the Lord above, you get a crop at the end of the year” Kent Moore said.

Fifth generation farmer Kent Moore said he’s been farming with his family for years.

And regardless if there’s rain, snow or even a government shutdown, he’s still out in the fields. 

“The government shutdown has been an inconvenience at this point,” he said. “I mean the longer it persists, it will pose more serious issues.” 

One of those issues include the closure of the United States Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency, also known as FSA.

“It can be commodity loans, commodity payments,” Moore said. “It can be NRCS payments, which is natural resource conservation service.”

Resources and aids that some farmers across the state won’t be getting until the government reopens. 

“Those deadlines are coming up with the government shutdown,” he said. “Majority of the farmers have that paperwork in place and good to go, but there are some that might not.”

And while relief money is on hold for some farmers, so are their reports.

“The USDA was set to release the crop reduction report and basically that report would be telling grain markets,” Moore added. “It’s just more of the unknown just because that information won’t be there, and it won’t be until we probably get the government back up to running.”

It’s a helpless feeling for some, but one Moore said there’s nothing to do but wait. 

“Regardless, if the government is opened or closed, I’m going to plant a crop this spring and do my best to grow it,” Moore said. “And someday, the government will catch up to me.” 

The USDA is continuing to offer services that are essential to the public health through the shutdown. you can find the list of services here

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