In this Oct. 1, 2013 photo, cows are herded into waiting trucks following an auction at the Oklahoma National Stockyard in Oklahoma City. Across rural America, farmers are feeling the effects of the federal government shutdown. During the shutdown, the USDA won't provide sales reports from Oklahoma livestock auctions that are used to help set prices on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, state Department of Agriculture employee Jack Carson said. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
A farmer dumps corn in a grain trailer as he harvests a field, Monday, Oct. 7, 2013, near Clear Lake, Iowa. Farmers and livestock producers use the reports put out by the National Agriculture Statistics Service to make decisions — such as how to price crops, which commodities to grow and when to sell them — as well as track cattle auction prices. Not only has the NASS stopped putting out new reports about demand and supply, exports and prices, but all websites with past information have been taken down. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
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“Farmers, all of those impacted, have been waiting and waiting and waiting. And frankly have had enough,”
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Posted: Tuesday, October 8, 2013 12:04 am
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — When Tim Peterson finished planting his 900 acres of winter wheat last week, the usually market-savvy Kansas farmer unexpectedly found himself struggling to make critical marketing decisions without being able to access to vital agricultural reports, casualties of the federal government shutdown.
“We have no clue what is going on in the market,” said Peterson, who farms near Monument in northwest Kansas. He typically protects his investment in seed and fertilizer by “locking in” the price his wheat crop will fetch next July with a futures contract that shields farmers from market fluctuations by guaranteeing a price while the crop is in the ground.
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