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Farmers taking brunt of shutdown

SPRINGFIELD -- Our state's biggest business is feeling the impact of the government shutdown, now entering its second week.
SPRINGFIELD -- Our state's biggest business is feeling the impact of the government shutdown, now entering its second week. Farmers say it's tough to harvest their crops without important information the feds dish out. WCIA-3's Steve Staeger keeps us Connected to the Capitol.

One farmer says he's feeling it, but beyond the confusion is an overwhelming feeling of frustration.

"We have no idea how many beef have been processed, how many hogs have been processed, how many chickens. So, they have no idea how much corn is being used. So, the markets are just really kind of blind."

That's making the fall harvest a bit tougher for Larry Beaty. Log onto the National Agriculture Statistics Service and you'll see what he means. No useful information there, just a message stating the site is down because of the government shutdown.

"It shouldn't happen. We send our legislators in there to work for us and this is a fiasco. This is uncalled for."

That's just one of the issues farmers have with the feds. Beaty says the distraction of a government shutdown is also taking attention away from another important topic.

"We need a farm bill and they're not getting that done and if they mess around here until, say January, it's really going to get critical because then the farm bill is going to revert back to 1949 farm bill and that will be a disaster for us."

Bottom line? This farmer wants to send a message to Capitol Hill.

"Get it done. Just get in there and get this thing done. Get a compromise and do that job that they're sent there to do."

As for the shutdown, neither side looks willing to budge. Democrats refused to vote on a budget bill which does anything to the Affordable Care Act. Republicans want it as part of the negotiations.
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