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Farmers May Be the Next Affected by Government Shutdown
Written by Phyllis Smith
Last updated on October 06, 2013 @ 2:25AM
Created on October 05, 2013 @ 4:55PM

If the shutdown doesn't end soon, prepare to pay more at the supermarket. Some product prices may skyrocket if Congress can't reach a compromise.

You may be wondering why the shutdown would affect the prices of some groceries, like dairy products. Well, when the government shut down Monday night, the latest Farm Bill expired with it.

The bill does a lot of things, including managing food stamps, and regulating crop insurance.

Many farmers who supply these products said they haven't felt the effects yet of this shutdown, but they're worried about what the future might hold if it goes on much longer.

Farmer Warren Spessert said, "I do think it's a threat, but us farmers are resilient people. We'll find a way to survive."

Without it, it's now costing farmers much more to feed and transport their livestock. One thing's for sure, many shoppers aren't going to be willing to pay so much for a gallon of milk. Without making those sales, farmers, especially in smaller markets, are at risk of going out of business.

Many people said they're fed up and want to see a resolution before more people have to suffer.

Harrison County resident Sherrie Owens said, "I think it's wrong because the way the economy is now, where gas goes up, it makes it hard for people like us, living day to day, living paycheck to paycheck."

Marion County resident Rosa Hager said, "It's just rich people that want to have a very long vacation and still get our tax money for doing nothing. "

While some farmers said they're in the clear because their crops have already been planted and now they're harvesting, they said they're worried for those that are still planting.


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