US government shutdown hits farmers

By Carina Perkins

- Last updated on GMT

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US farmers have warned that the government shutdown is leaving livestock in vulnerable areas at risk.

The National Farmers Union (NFU) said livestock producers in areas facing severe weather are no longer able to access government advice, support or assistance.

“Over the past few days, Colorado, South Dakota, Wyoming and other areas have seen record amounts of unseasonably early snowfall. With government agencies operating in limited capacity, the residents of these areas lacked information and saw delays in reports and warnings in order to be prepared for the extreme conditions experienced,”​ said NFU president Roger Johnson.

He added that the shutdown meant data on herd losses was not being collected, affecting the NFU’s own ability to react and provide assistance to farmers in trouble.

“We are only beginning to learn of the impact that these weather disasters have had on our family farmers and ranchers while the government is in shutdown. I am deeply concerned for the future of our industry if this situation continues," ​he explained.

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