Government Shutdown – Impacts on Agriculture Research

argylesock says… Here’s a cattleman telling us how the US govenment shutdown affects people on the land across that country. From the far side of the Pond, I’ll add that this is a global matter. We in Europe trade with the States a lot and we exchange ideas too. Folk on Capitol Hill, please sort yourselves out for all our sakes.

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Beef Runner

The government shutdown will never directly impact me. I just work at a state University trying to mind my own business and finish up some research. At least that’s what I have been thinking all week as the news headlines focus on D.C. and Congress’ inability to do their jobs.USDA Agriculture Government Shutdown

As it turns out there are many activities in the agriculture industry that have been affected by the shutdown. Many federal government employees have been placed on furlough and are not allowed to report to work or even correspond via email/phone. This includes the USDA-ARS lab I have been trying to collaborate with for a portion of my research.

The shutdown may not be as explosive as the national media outlets are attempting to portray, but it does add up quickly and affect the ability of our country to secure its food supply and execute many programs we have become…

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About argylesock

I wrote a PhD about veterinary parasitology so that's the starting point for this blog. But I'm now branching out into other areas of biology and into popular science writing. I'll write here about science that happens in landscapes, particularly farmland, and about science involving interspecific interactions. Datasets and statistics get my attention. Exactly where this blog will lead? That's a journey that I'm on and I hope you'll come with me.
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