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State Sen. Cliff Pirtle, R-Dist. 32, seeds a field Monday. Local farmers are not reporting many negative effects from the second week of the federal shutdown.
Record Staff Writer
While farmers and livestock producers nationally struggle to get access to vital federal reports before planting winter crops, local farmers and ranchers are reporting few problems in the second week of the government shutdown.
Roswell-area farmers and ranchers are somewhat protected from relying on a USDA information blackout.
“The cattle business is rolling,” said Smiley Whooton, Chaves County commissioner and co-owner of Roswell Livestock Auction. “The packing houses are in business. All hands are on deck.”
The permits needed by ranchers are only required annually by the Bureau of Land Management, Whooton said.
“I was very pleased with how the auction went,” Whooton said. “We had lots of participation with the sale today. I haven’t heard of any ranchers having BLM problems with their permits. No one knows what the future holds there.”
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