Government Website Shutdown Affects Farmers - ABC FOX MONTANA NEWS, WEATHER, SPORTS - KTMF/KWYB

Government Website Shutdown Affects Farmers

Posted: Updated:
BOZEMAN -

It's day six of the Federal Government shutdown. Government employees are out of work and all Government websites are not accessible.

Many farmers across Montana depend on the marketplace and Government money to run their business. The National Agricultural Statistics Service is a website run by the Government that helps farmers make marketing decisions such as what crops to grow and when to sell them.

"The website complies crop data for corn and soy bean," said John Youngberg, Farm Bureau Vice President Governmental Affairs. "Then, agriculture people can look at that and it gives them an idea of what the commodity is in the United States."

Bruce Wright owns a farm north of Bozeman. Right now, he's not too worried about the market place.

"In the short-term I don't think it's going to be much. It would be missed if it was shut down for a long time," said Wright.

But with the website shutdown, Youngberg said  the United States information is not being accounted for which could cause the market to skew.

"Without the website there is uncertainty that could affect how the markets look in the future for some of those commodities," said Youngberg.
 
He said it won't have an immediate effect on farmers and ranchers, but in the long-run it could drop crop prices.

"Without having the United States numbers in the data, we don't know what the whole world supply is and demand balance will be and that affects the commodity price," said Youngberg.

Still, Wright said there are other websites he can use, but the National Agriculture Statistics Service is very useful.

"It's another tool that will help me make good decisions," said Wright.

He hopes Government reaches an agreement soon.

"There's always uncertainty when we don't know what's going on, which is the case here now," said Wright.

According to the Census of Agriculture in 2007 there were over 29,000 farms in Montana.

  • NationalMore>>

  • Remembering an officer slain after bombs went off

    Remembering an officer slain after bombs went off

    Friday, April 18 2014 11:42 AM EDT2014-04-18 15:42:10 GMT
    Relatives of the police officer authorities say was killed by the Boston bombing suspects are remembering him a year later.
    Family members and friends of the police officer authorities say was killed by the Boston Marathon bombing suspects are honoring him a year later.
  • Ohio teacher fired over comment on black president

    Ohio teacher fired over comment on black president

    Friday, April 18 2014 11:31 AM EDT2014-04-18 15:31:36 GMT
    An Ohio teacher has been fired after a black student who said he wanted to become president claimed the teacher told him the nation didn't need another black commander in chief.
    An Ohio teacher has been fired after a black student who said he wanted to become president claimed the teacher told him the nation didn't need another black commander in chief.
  • Walker's challenger doesn't focus on union rights

    Walker's challenger doesn't focus on union rights

    Friday, April 18 2014 11:31 AM EDT2014-04-18 15:31:31 GMT
    Wisconsin Democrats and their allies who are trying to take out Republican Gov. Scott Walker have invested all their hopes in Mary Burke, a Harvard-educated political newcomer whose father started Trek Bicycle when...
    Wisconsin Democrats and their allies who are trying to take out Republican Gov. Scott Walker have invested all their hopes in Mary Burke, a Harvard-educated political newcomer whose father started Trek Bicycle when she was...
  • Most Popular

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • LOOK: Photos Of 'Blood Moon' During Total Lunar Eclipse

    LOOK: Photos Of 'Blood Moon' During Total Lunar Eclipse

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 7:59 PM EDT2014-04-15 23:59:30 GMT
    KHQ.COM - It was a sight to behold! The blood moon lit up the heavens last night. If you slept thru it, no need to worry! We recorded the whole thing for you and many of our Facebook friends and viewers have shared the photos that they captured of the total lunar eclipse last night!
    KHQ.COM - It was a sight to behold! The blood moon lit up the heavens last night. If you slept thru it, no need to worry! We recorded the whole thing for you and many of our Facebook friends and viewers have shared the photos that they captured of the total lunar eclipse last night!
  • Frontage Road Crash Victim Identified

    Frontage Road Crash Victim Identified

    Thursday, April 17 2014 1:37 PM EDT2014-04-17 17:37:02 GMT
    The Gallatin County coroner says 30-year-old Kari Friedman from Bozeman died in a crash at the intersection of Frontage and Valley Center Roads Wednesday. The Montana Highway Patrol said Friedman was turning
    The Gallatin County coroner says 30-year-old Kari Friedman from Bozeman died in a crash at the intersection of Frontage and Valley Center Roads Wednesday.
  • Witnesses Take Stand in Richland Teen's Murder Trial

    Witnesses Take Stand in Richland Teen's Murder Trial

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 11:33 PM EDT2014-04-17 03:33:56 GMT
    The first witnesses took the stand Wednesday in John Young's murder trial. Young is accused of killing 17-year-old Joshua Snapp in the desert near Horn Rapids last 4th of July.
    The first witnesses took the stand Wednesday in John Young's murder trial.
  • Former Griz Football Player Battles Cancer

    Former Griz Football Player Battles Cancer

    Tuesday, April 8 2014 7:00 PM EDT2014-04-08 23:00:04 GMT
    A former Griz football player prepares to take on different kind of physical challenge, after learning he has cancer. Former linebacker Cole Lockwood got his diagnosis just last week and is now recovering
    A former Griz football player prepares to take on different kind of physical challenge, after learning he has cancer.
  • SO GOOD: Montana Tech's Xavier Marsden

    SO GOOD: Montana Tech's Xavier Marsden

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 8:26 PM EDT2014-04-17 00:26:24 GMT
    Sophomore cornerback Xavier Marsden is from La Mirada California, right outside Los Angeles. The city boy says he loves being in Butte. "It's been good. Coming from a big city to a small town definitely
    Sophomore cornerback Xavier Marsden is from La Mirada California, right outside Los Angeles. The city boy says he loves being in Butte.
  • Poison gas claims complicate Syrian civil war

    Poison gas claims complicate Syrian civil war

    The Syrian government and rebel forces say poison gas has been used in a central village, injuring scores of people, while blaming each other for the attack.
    Both sides in Syria's bloody civil war said Saturday that a rural village fell victim to a poison gas attack, an assault that reportedly injured scores of people amid an ongoing international effort to rid the country...
  • Griz Lax Gaining Popularity

    Griz Lax Gaining Popularity

    Thursday, April 17 2014 12:41 AM EDT2014-04-17 04:41:14 GMT
    The Montana Lacrosse team is preparing for their last three games of the regular season.  They're currently 6-6 and with all three games at home in Washington Grizzly Stadium, they're hoping the playoffs
    The Montana Lacrosse team is preparing for their last three games of the regular season.  They're currently 6-6 and with all three games at home in Washington Grizzly Stadium, they're hoping the playoffs are on the horizon.
  • Zags Sign Arvydas Sabonis' Son to NLI

    Zags Sign Arvydas Sabonis' Son to NLI

    Domantas Sabonis, son of NBA Naismith Hall of Famer and Portland Trail Blazers great Arvydas Sabonis, has signed a letter-of-intent to attend Gonzaga University this fall, Bulldog head coach Mark Few said Thursday.
    Domantas Sabonis, son of NBA Naismith Hall of Famer and Portland Trail Blazers great Arvydas Sabonis, has signed a letter-of-intent to attend Gonzaga University this fall, Bulldog head coach Mark Few said Thursday.
Powered by WorldNow

Features

  • More Features
  • Powered by WorldNow
    All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and Cowles Montana Media. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.