Some ranchers are concerned about the uncertainty of Agriculture in this Shutdown.
Normal activity like harvesting continues, but help after a natural disaster is not there.
Because of the furloughs some ranchers won’t get compensated until after the shutdown ends. Plus the USDA does not have employees at the major auction markets to document the price of calves being sold.
That information is usually put on the USDA website and helps producers know when to sell their calves or corn. These things will return to normal when the furloughs end but the data won’t be restored.
“Some of those things will just go back to normal operating procedure,” says Kansas State University Agricultural Economist, Glynn Tonsor. “Some things will never fill back in, so for example, the USDA AMS employee was not at the Joplin market for a couple weeks. I can’t undo that, so we’re going to have those data gaps. The longer the shutdown, the longer the gaps, the bigger of a problem it creates but for the most part I anticipate things to go back to normal procedure in the Ag markets.”
The missing price reports aren’t expected to force the price of meat higher but if the shutdown keeps dragging on, it increases market uncertainty, which does tend to affect prices.
Scientists are working to prevent rising pork prices as a deadly virus spreads through millions of pigs.
The Kansas State Board of Education is drafting a plan that would require all teachers in the state to submit fingerprints and undergo extensive background checks.
By the end of the day, the construction materials around the Kansas Statehouse dome will be gone.