– Government Shut Down Affects Some Livestock Related Programs

As a result of the lapse of agreement on funding, some federal activities are shut down or significantly reduced starting December 21, 2018.

The Packers and Stockyards division is not operating during this funding lapse.

While the current livestock hauler ELD exemption is tied to the funding process, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has posted the following on their website to clarify that livestock haulers are ELD exempt until further notice: “Transporters of livestock and insects are not required to have an ELD. The statutory exemption will remain in place until further notice. Drivers do not need to carry any documentation regarding this exemption.”

Assistance for the control of most animal diseases is not available. States and markets cannot currently receive federally-approved backtags from USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS).

While Farm Service Agency (FSA) county offices are expected to shut down, they will remain open at least through Friday, December 28.

Unlike past shut downs, USDA’s Market News Service will continue.

A summary of USDA’s shutdown plans can be found here.