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Government Shutdown Extending Reach Into Crop Fields

ENGLAND, AR - Far away from the closed government offices, the shutdown has creeped into the crop fields and minds of Arkansans in the business of agriculture. In most cases however, all bets still are not off.
ENGLAND, AR - Far away from the closed government offices, the shutdown has creeped into the crop fields and minds of Arkansans in the business of agriculture. In most cases however, all bets still are not off.

Albeit a couple weeks behind normal schedule and deep in soggy soil, it's that time of year for Lonoke County based Brantley Farming Company.

"Bringing that rice out of the field," showed Farm Manager Matthew Marsh. "We're here in the mud, trying to get the crop out of the field."

In this yearly gamble of a business, Marsh says all their wagers are placed on the table counting on this harvest.

He said, "We've got a lot bet on this crop coming out of the field."

That's all despite a government shutdown that's left them without many of their normal resources.

Secretary of Agriculture for the State of Arkansas Butch Calhoun says farmers are not able to get some of the payments due to them right now from the Federal Government. Also, he says, the local county Farm Service Agency offices are closed. It's a place he says every farmer works with on a daily basis.

"This government shutdown is really hurting," Calhoun said. "The whole farming community is worried right now."

Some of the monthly federal payments run a month behind so right now producers are getting the funds from September. It's next month where if this whole thing persists they'll really start to realize the affect.

On the Brantley Farms though it's business as usual; shutdown or not.

"Can't think about that," Marsh said. "You just gotta put your head down and keep working."

Because even with the dealer at the table, or in this case the government shutdown, working against them, they still expect to come out even or on top.

Marsh added, "It may slow down our productivity; change some decisions we're gonna make but hopefully we're still gonna be here doing this next week and next year."
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