Government shutdown creates future uncertainty

Nearly 24 hours before the federal government shutdown ended Friday, Kansas Farm Service Agency officials announced county local offices would reopen.

USDA officials closed Farm Service Agency offices nationwide on Dec. 28, a decision affecting Ellsworth County farmers and ranchers unable to make loan payments or enroll in certain programs.

In mid-January, federal ag officials announced local offices would open during a three-day window to handle certain services for farmers.

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