Shutdown cuts off government reports for farmers

By Alyssa Donovan

October 8, 2013 Updated Oct 8, 2013 at 6:50 PM CDT

CENTRAL ILLINOIS, Ill.— The government shutdown is affecting farmers across the nation. But for Central Illinois farmers, it’s nothing more than an inconvenience.

The US department of agriculture report was set to be released Friday but it's been cancelled.

Peoria county farmer Jack Shissler says he has not had any issues since the shutdown but things could change.

"It's going to affect everyone eventually even if it's not hitting you directly now,” Shissler said.

Alan Knobloch is the manager of Brimfield grain elevator, Akron services. He says farmers still have access to several independent statistics services that provide feedback on what's going on in the industry.

"Without the government reports we still have good analysts out there telling us what they think the trend in agriculture is, yields are, acreage is, farmer surveys going out,” Knobloch said.

Knobloch says cross checking the government report with the independent reports is nice, but it's not vital.

He says at this point farmers are not really being affected by the government shutdown.

Some even feel it would be better for the government to stay out of agriculture altogether.

"We have a lot of older farmers who have stated that they wish the government never would get involved in agriculture,” Knobloch said.

He says for the most part farmers know what's going on in the market without the government reports.

"We're seeing everything happen, when a farmer gets into the field with his combine I know exactly what he thinks he's got out there, we really don't need the government telling us. We are really the information source the government feeds off of to come up with those reports,” Knobloch said.

The shut down will prevent farmers from receiving subsidies checks but Knobloch says that's not typically a source of income a farmer is too dependent on.

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