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Shutdown slows Farm Bill progress

WASHINGTON, D.C. (KFGO AM) -- The government shutdown is being felt on the farm.

Daily reports from the Agriculture Department which helps farmers "read" the markets for corn and livestock prices have ceased.

The monthly reports on grain for production and global demand are not going the come out.

Farmers can't apply for new loans and are not receiving some government checks.

The shutdown has also hurt ranchers in western North and South Dakota who lost significant numbers of cattle in last weekend's blizzard.

Programs which would normally be available to help cope with natural disasters are gone.

Even though the shutdown continues, over the weekend, the U.S. House named its farm bill conferee's and the assembled committee should begin its work this week.

Minnesota 7th District Congressman Collin Peterson is one of the 12 democrats named to the conference committee.