The government shutdown will never directly impact me. I just work at a state University trying to mind my own business and finish up some research. At least that’s what I have been thinking all week as the news headlines focus on D.C. and Congress’ inability to do their jobs.
As it turns out there are many activities in the agriculture industry that have been affected by the shutdown. Many federal government employees have been placed on furlough and are not allowed to report to work or even correspond via email/phone. This includes the USDA-ARS lab I have been trying to collaborate with for a portion of my research.
The shutdown may not be as explosive as the national media outlets are attempting to portray, but it does add up quickly and affect the ability of our country to secure its food supply and execute many programs we have become…
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