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A guide to the government shutdown at USDA

10/1/2013 at 12:00 a.m.

Yesterday, Ag Week provided an extremely comprehensive look at how the U.S. Department of Agriculture will be affected by the current government shutdown:

" ... Food stamp benefits will be delivered for the month of October, forest fires will continue to be fought, meat and poultry will still be inspected, grain inspection will continue, laboratory animals will be fed and the rural development division will still monitor government loans.

"But USDA will not release any new production statistics, most of the rest of USDA will shut down and its website may go dark.

"The situation at the Agricultural Marketing Service is complicated because some AMS programs are funded through user fees and will continue to operate, while others are funded through appropriations and will not.

"USDA mission areas varied in the detail of their shutdown plans, however.

"All USDA employees will be furloughed — put on temporary leave — except those who have 'excepted' status because 'they are performing emergency work involving the safety of human life or the protection of property or performing certain other types of excepted work.'"

Read more from Ag Week.

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