A Federal Reserve survey shows the U.S. economy held steady during the 16-day partial government shutdown, growing moderately in most regions from October through late November.More >>
A Federal Reserve survey released Wednesday found that the U.S. economy held steady during the 16-day partial government shutdown, growing moderately in most regions from October through late November.More >>
Thursday, October 17 2013 4:40 PM EDT2013-10-17 20:40:19 GMT
(RNN) - By passing a last-minute deal on the debt ceiling, and a 16 days-late deal on the government shutdown, Congress finally got back to doing its job. So, what now? Some people may see it as the timeMore >>
With a budget passed only until January, a debt ceiling deal through February and a bunch of days off for Congress until then, the country may be back in the same situation soon.More >>
Thursday, October 17 2013 5:27 AM EDT2013-10-17 09:27:22 GMT
A last-minute deal has been struck, allowing the federal government to avoid a shutdown. A shutdown would have suspended all federal government services deemed non-essential. All federally-funded museums,More >>
Congress has passed a bill to fund the government and lift the debt ceiling, avoiding default. More >>
Sunday, October 13 2013 6:52 PM EDT2013-10-13 22:52:24 GMT
WASHINGTON, DC (RNN) - Despite the WWII Memorial being closed, members of the Million Vet March have gathered in Washington, DC to protest the government shutdown – according to media reports. "We do notMore >>
Veterans gathered at the World War II Memorial in Washington, DC to protest the government shutdown.More >>
Saturday, October 12 2013 10:44 PM EDT2013-10-13 02:44:59 GMT
People nationwide have been unable to access welfare benefits through their EBT cards Saturday. Reports on the matter indicated the issue has no connection to the government shutdown.More >>
Xerox, which handles EBT systems in several states, said Saturday night the problem that prevented people from using their cards to shop has now been corrected. More >>
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.