Sale Barn Sees Influx of Cattle as Farmers Work to Pay FSA

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A sale barn in South Dakota recently saw a larger than normal amount of cattle go through the auction ring and the influx is being attributed to the government shutdown.

The Jan. 18 and 21 cattle sales at Sioux Falls Regional Livestock in Worthing, S.D., had more cattle than expected according to the auction’s owner, David Minor. He tells AgDay that the numbers were up because people wanted to have money to pay USDA Farm Services Agency (FSA) loans while some offices were temporarily opened during the shutdown.

“There are people that need to get it done so that they can get some money released and bills taken care of,” Minor says.

Some FSA offices have been offering limited services during the government shutdown the past few days. The USDA has confirmed that FSA offices will be reopened on Jan. 24 with several programs like farm loans being available.

For more on how the government shutdown has been impacting sale numbers at the Sioux Falls Regional Livestock watch the video above from AgDay.