This week’s Government shut down has halted funding for exports including the Foreign Ag Service’s Foreign Market Development and Market Access programs.
U.S. Grains Council Chairman and Iowa grower Julius Schaaf says it’s very disruptive and causes USDA to go into a survival type mode.
Schaaf says the shut down hurts efforts to make progress outside the U.S. in export markets.
Schaaf says Congress needs to work quickly to resolve the budget problems and get programs operating again. He say they also need to get serious about completing the farm bill.
He says the longer the shut down goes on the more disruptive it becomes and harder it will be to regain markets.