Erie Farmers Feel the Strain of the Government Shutdown
Farmers who receive any type of assistance through the Farm Service Agency are feeling the strain of the partial government shutdown.
"It's a tough time to be a farmer right now and certainly the uncertainty can add some extra anxiety to that," said Troyer Growers owner Mark Troyer said.
The farmers who rely on financial assistance through the FSA can't receive the loans they depend on.
Troyer's potato farm in Waterford is not directly impacted by the partial government shutdown because he deals with other lenders that aren't involved with the FSA.
However, farmers that do rely on the FSA, it could impact their ability to buy seeds, land and fertilizer as the growing season approaches.
Troyer said those farmers are being patient and waiting this out.
"As farmers we're used to variables. We're used to weather changing our plans," he said. "I think I speak for most farmers when I say we just want to go out and do what we do and do our jobs and not have to worry about what's going on in Washington D.C