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Ranchers: Government shutdown restricts cattle transactions


January 18, 2019

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota ranchers say the partial government shutdown is stalling some cattle sales because checks from buyers require authorization from the Farm Service Agency.

Ranchers who have an FSA loan need an agent to co-sign the check before it can be cashed or deposited, the Rapid City Journal reported .

Laurie and Bernard Barnaud have been farming and ranching just east of the Belle Fourche Reservoir since 1993. They were scheduled to drive to town to sell around 50 calves today.

"We can sell them, but we can't get our money," Laurie said from her ranch in Nisland....

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