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USDA plans for Fed shutdown

Jeff Caldwell 09/30/2013 @ 3:54pm Multimedia Editor for Agriculture.com and Successful Farming magazine.

What will happen when the clock strikes midnight on Monday night if Congress can't halt the government from shutting down?

Some say not much will happen, especially when it comes to the grassroots level comprising the nation's farms. But the ag arm of the federal government will see its doors close too, and USDA officials have released plans they'll roll out in the event of a shutdown.

"In the event of a shutdown, plans call for USDA websites to be shut down. Unless otherwise directed by Office of Management and Budget, the USDA.gov website and USDA agency sites will go dark and be linked to a single page with a statement regarding the shutdown," according to a memo obtained by Agriculture.com from USDA Senior Associate Director, Federal Relations - Food and Agricultural Sciences and Executive Director, CARET, Eddie Gouge.

USDA has created a 'Lapse in Funding' Shutdown Plans website outlining the agency's different offices and how they'll operate if a lapse does happen Monday night and Tuesday morning.

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