Local farming industry feels pressure of government shutdown
Southwest Oklahoma farmers are struggling under the yoke of the ongoing partial government shutdown.
Now in its fourth week with no signs of ending anytime soon, the shutdown has amassed a long list of casualties ranging from compromised services to unpaid workers to crippled infrastructure. Farmers, many of whom depend on multiple government entities for their continued operations, are now left in limbo — forced to carry on their work while they wait for relief.
Jimmy Kinder, Oklahoma Farm Bureau District Four director and Cotton County farmer, said the shutdown has presented a plethora of problems of varying degrees of severity — from the simple and mundane tasks of notifying the U.S. Department of Agriculture of what crops will be planted and signing up for crop insurance to more serious issues like acquiring and paying off USDA-backed loans to purchase supplies.