Many websites and their resources are unavailable due to the partial government shutdown. The lapse in government funding has led websites including USDA.gov to go offline, meaning things, like the weekly Crop and Weather Report, are unavailable. State Climatologist Harry Hillaker contributes to that report. He says the agriculture community, and those dealing with commodities, are impacted by this. He explains people across the state, and others with vested interest in Iowa’s agriculture industry, in places like China, use the information to get a feel for crop conditions and predict when harvest will finish.
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