A week of government shutdown is behind us and for the most part, it's business as usual in Jack County.

The post office is running as usual, but the only other federal agency with a brick-and-morter presence in the county is closed. On Friday afternoon, the Jack County USDA-NCRS office had a sign posted on its door that reads "Due to the federal government shutdown this office is closed. We regret any inconvenience." The agency's website, USDA.gov had a similar message of unavailability when it was checked.

Lewis Christian, chairman of the Jack County Farm Bureau board of directors said the government shutdown has left farmers with some uncertainty.

"We're reporting wheat acreages and things right now so I don't know where we're at," Christian said. "It's the time of the year that our last year's wheat check for subsidies (about $8 per acre) should be coming out but I don't think we'll be getting it."

Despite that, he believes normalcy will resume eventually. 

Wheat farmer Cal Francis is concerned that if the shutdown continues, the situation could deteriorate for ag producers.

To read the complete article, see the Oct. 8 edition of Jacksboro Gazette-News.


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