Despite the Senate failing to pass legislation to avoid a government shutdown, no major changes are expected to occur over the weekend. Negotiations continue to reach an agreement, although some government employees did report furlough notices Friday. If the shutdown does continue, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said Friday night in a statement that “USDA is committed to safeguarding life and property through the critical services” provided by the federal agency. Those include food inspections through the Food Safety and Inspection Service, import controls, core nutrition programs, and keeping Rural Development offices open in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. USDA says crop insurance services will continue and indemnity payments will continue to be made
The U.S. Forest Service will continue emergency and defense preparedness, including fire suppression. Select services through the Agricultural Marketing Service will continue, and the North American Free Trade Agreement negotiations will be supported and maintained.
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Source: NAFB News Service