The much-anticipated “shutdown” of the federal government commenced earlier today after Congress was unable to resolve its differences on the Continuing Resolution budget bill. Although 800,000 federal workers are facing furloughs, all but non-essential workers still reported to their jobs this morning. While the length of the partial shutdown and the subsequent impact on government services remains to be seen, I wanted to provide a brief summary of how the shutdown will affect key federal programs that benefit the Arizona and California specialty crop industry.
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