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USDA Functions Impacted by Federal Shutdown


Secretary of Agriculture Dr. Sonny Perdue has indicated that non-critical activities of the USDA would be discontinued for the duration of the “lapse in Government funding.” These include:

  • ERS commodity outlook reports, data product research reports
  • NASS statistics, including World Agricultural Supply And Demand Estimates
  • Provision of new grants or processing of payment for existing grants to support research
  • Cessation of ongoing research activities except for care of animals, plants and infrastructure
  • Investigation of complaints under GIPSA
  • Farm loans and some farm payments

Critical functions will continue including:

  • Meat, poultry and egg inspection services
  • Inspection of grain, including weighing and grading for export
  • Continuation of SNAP payments and the Child Nutrition Programs including school lunches
  • Continuation of market assistance loans, market facilitation payments over the first week of the shutdown of market facilitation program payments

It is hoped that the shutdown will be of short duration, but is expected to continue until after the swearing in of the 116th Congress.