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Chris Clayton DTN Ag Policy Editor
Wed Oct 9, 2013 08:57 AM CDT

A few people on our staff are getting emails from producers asking whether direct payments will be delayed because of the federal shutdown.

Yes.

Maybe I haven't hammered that point home enough because I'm not repeating it every day. The Farm Service Agency is closed for business. Direct payment (DCP) checks are delayed. When USDA reopens for business, this will be one of my first questions to USDA press staff. Hey, when do you think certain program checks will go out?

Conservation Reserve Program checks are on hold. Conservation Stewardship Program checks are on hold. If you are waiting for ...

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