Government Shutdown Has Impact on Ag Markets

OMAHA - The federal government shutdown will have a big impact on Nebraska farmers. Katie Micik is an agricultural market analyst with DTN in Omaha. She says USDA has closed down most of its websites. Micek says there will not be any reports from the Ag Statistics Service or the World Agriculture Outlook Board, so markets will have to gather information from the farmers as to harvest numbers coming in. She says the shutdown won’t hurt the movement of grain, but it will restrict the information that guides the futures market.