COLUMBIA, S.C. (SCRN/WVOC) - Farmers in South Carolina are being affected by the federal government shutdown in several ways – most notably because a federal website which lists crop prices is now offline.
Assistant commissioner at the Department of Agriculture Martin Eubanks says his agency is listing the prices for now because farmers need the information to make business decisions.
“It gives them an indication of where the market values are,” Eubanks told the South Carolina Radio Network.
“And if they're making a decision on whether to take cattle to a livestock auction this week, you know, if prices have been trending downward, they may decide to wait a week.”
Because the state has been declared a "farm disaster area" due to excess rains, farmers are eligible to seek emergency loans.
However, the process has stopped during the government shutdown.
Farmers do have eight more months to apply.