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Farmers feel impact of government shutdown

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Impacts from the federal government shutdown are being felt in rural communities in southeastern North Carolina. Impacts from the federal government shutdown are being felt in rural communities in southeastern North Carolina.

BLADEN COUNTY, NC (WECT) - Impacts from the federal government shutdown are being felt in rural communities in southeastern North Carolina, where many farmers believe the shutdown could have a negative effect on the entire local economy when it comes to agriculture. 

Farmers are unable to get loans for crops, because farm service agency offices are closed.

It's currently peanut harvesting season. Farmers say they take out loans because the price of peanuts increase during the weekend. The loans enable farmers to pay for things like seed, fertilizer and rent until the crop is ready.

Farmers say that the shutdown is also hurting them from a marketing standpoint, and that they're not receiving information regarding which areas certain crops are in demand in. 

"We only have a few weeks to get this crop in before we get a frost," said Dan Ward, a peanut farmer in Bladen County. "We don't have time to wait, and the bills to the farmers will not wait just because it happens to be a government shutdown."

Farmers say that there's a good supply of peanuts this year, so people should not worry about seeing a price increase.

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