Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting http://wuis.org en Government Shutdown Slows USDA http://wuis.org/post/government-shutdown-slows-usda <p>The U.S. Department of Agriculture was forced to send home tens of thousands of employees because of Tuesday&rsquo;s government shutdown.</p><p>As a result, the agriculture department and its nearly two dozen agencies are operating at limited capacity &ndash; or not at all.</p><p>But even though important agencies such as the Farm Service Agency and the Risk Management Agency will be shut down almost entirely, agriculture officials said that Midwest farmers and producers won&rsquo;t be affected that much.</p> Thu, 03 Oct 2013 16:18:12 +0000 Robert Holly/Midwest Center For Investigative Reporting 10200 at http://wuis.org Government Shutdown Slows USDA