Federal shutdown means local farmers cannot receive gov't checks

Huron and Erie County Farm Service Agency shuttered
Aaron Krause
Oct 7, 2013


This is the time of year when farmers open their mailboxes to find annual federal government checks.

"They can count on it, it's a government check," said Diana Strouse, county executive director for the Huron and Erie County Farm Service Agency.

This year, as long as the federal government remains shut down, producers won't be able to count on those payments, Strouse said.

She said she wishes she could help them, but she's unemployed.

"Our office is locked tighter than a drum," she said.

That's because the Huron and Erie County Farm Service Agency falls under the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Strouse, who writes a weekly column each Saturday in the Norwalk Reflector to remind producers about payments, deadlines and other agricultural information, cannot even write that until further notice. She added that if she writes the article, and it's published, she could be fined $5,000 and receive a two-year jail sentence because she'd be breaking a federal law. She said she cannot use any government equipment to do work related to her job. She added she can't even write the article or do any other work from home.

"It's not good news," she said. "I would love to do my newspaper article so the guys know what's going on," Strouse said.

A story about the shutdown and effect on local farmers was published in Tuesday's Norwalk Reflector.




Water service IS critical. I would like to see you have your water turned off for more than a week and see how you do. I am sure you would be complaining about having to buy drinking water and find a way to haul in large amounts of water to bathe, cook and clean in.

And more than likely since they were tied into Rural water their wells and cisterns have either been removed or not kept up on maintenance and are no longer a feasible source of drinkable/usable water without major modification, installation, or repair. You can not just turn off a water supply because YOU think it is not a "critical service". usable water is considered a critical service and not having it for a long period of time is not possible.

As for it being convenience, yes it is a convenience. No longer having to maintain a well with chemicals and pumps, no longer having to haul water myself or pay someone to do it. (Yes I had a well up until just recently). The trade off is also larger as you usually get better tasting water and better pressure.

Look at the Hoppers Mobile Home Park in Sandusky. Turned off water, everyone one was forced to vacate. (yes they have a few leftovers but they are hauling in water themselves and are being forced to relocate soon).


Shhhhhhh! Don't tell the Obama administration. They want to cause pain, so if they know about Rural water still running, they may issue a stop order. :-)


What about the people that built homes after rural water went in?? Those houses don't have a cistern or a well? What are those people supposed to do? I'm guessing you have another water source, or you wouldn't have the opinion that rural water is not a critical service...

Really are you ...

Ahh yes. The one ones who created and are prolonging this mess are still receiving their paychecks.

Goes to show how much they care about, We the people. Preamble to the Constitution, a guideline for the main body of the Constitution.

We the people of the United States, In order to Form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

There are so many ways this guideline has been twisted to benifit only a few in this great nation.

As members of the executive branch, in order to put a noose around this nations neck, Establish justice for law abiding citizens. Insure domestic unrest. Provide for the common defense as a Worlds Police. Put the United States on welfare. Secure blessings to ourselves, letting our posterity deal with the massive amounts of debt. Do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.


Never understood getting paid NOT to raise crops. Isn't that a form of price fixing?

Silly JAS, you've been drinkin the Obie Kool-aid way to long. That's ok tho, everything will be taken care of for you.....Comrade!

Dr. Information

Man people are so DUMB. OBAMACARE was passed NOT AS A TAX. The supreme court upheld it ONLY as a tax, which means that the ACA legally, should have went back to Congress and voted on as a TAX, which it wasn't. Instead it was just shoved down our throats.

Educate yourself and stop listening to CNN or MSNBC.


Read the Supreme Court's Opinion and orders. They did not send the law back to Congress. It was found to be constitutional as written. The Court did not require a "rewrite".


Why would the court require it to be rewritten?


I love farmers but the ones I know made ridiculous money the last 3 years and really don't need the government payments. Just observe all the new equipment and pickups running around. More scare tactics perpetuated by the media.


some of the farmers I know are that way, but others not so much.


Thats a program they should do away with anyways, pay'n someone for doing nothing is never a good idea.


That is not all this program does. While it is true that some farmers get a subsidy to not plant, most farmers get a subsidy based on the market. There are plenty of farmers, dairy farmers in particular, who depend on these government subsidies. The price a dairy pays a farmer for milk is so low the farmer can't even break even.

If you want to complain about something the government pays for, complain about the welfare breeders that continue to pop out kids they can't afford.


I'm sure there'd be a lot more people upset with this if people stopped getting their WELFARE CHECKS AND FOOD STAMPS!!!! But of course Obama won't let that happen to "his" people!!! This is total bullsh*t!!!!


I really don't know what to say to all of this BUT..... Most Americans today are a bunch of snotty nose whiners.hooked on heroin. If the farmer is not getting paid for not growing, then go grow something and make the money.I have listen to both sides of the issue. and I don't want to die and find I left my children, Grandchildren, and great grandchildren in debt because I didn't want to be inconvenienced, because I'm to spoiled and need to have what I want NOW, it's like we are all saying Pi** on them what do I care if they are in debt I'll be dead and gone it won't hurt me, I don't care if they became slaves to the federal government. some of us need to grow a pair and stand up to a government who is suppose to be for the people by the people, and not worry about about a little discomfort. And then you got the ones who cannot talk and explain their side, they have to go into name calling instead to cloud the issue, because they don't know how to refute what was said.


But that takes out all the fun!

I will agree with you on several points:
"grow a pair and stand up to a government who is suppose to be for the people by the people, and not worry about about a little discomfort." - This is accurate, however can be misconstrued as wanting to keep "entitlement" programs. we should keep some of the entitlement programs but they need to be 100% more strict in acceptance.

"they have to go into name calling instead to cloud the issue" - This is true because 90% of the population are followers and will follow whoever says "go" first. they can no longer think for themselves. ("They have been assimilated into the borg" is what i link to think)

If half the people commenting on this thread would get out and actually SAY something to their representatives or actually ELECT their reps without looking for the D or R and auto-checking we might be actually get somewhere close to how it was before. Just because they are D or R does not mean they are the best person for the job. Which should now be abundantly clear by the ineffectiveness of this entire administration and congress.


Here is a qote that will always apply to your point

In selecting men for office, let principle be your guide. Regard not the particular sect or denomination of the candidate -- look at his character. It is alleged by men of loose principles, or defective views of the subject, that religion and morality are not necessary or important qualifications for political stations. But the scriptures teach a different doctrine. They direct that rulers should be men who rule in the fear of God, men of truth, hating covetousness. It is to the neglect of this rule that we must ascribe the multiplied frauds, breaches of trust, speculations and embezzlements of public property which astonish even ourselves; which tarnish the character of our country and which disgrace our government. When a citizen gives his vote to a man of known immorality, he abuses his civic responsibility; he not only sacrifices his own responsibility; he sacrifices not only his own interest, but that of his neighbor; he betrays the interest of his country.
Noah Webster

Really are you ...

I am not a farmer, but heard some people who farmed as a side job. But they were saying that certain plants extract certain nutrients out of the ground. If they planted the same crops every year, all of those nutrients would be gone and that crop yield would be terrible. To help grow healthy crops year after year, what is planted in a certain field should be changed yearly. It replenishes nutrients taken the year prior.


Spot on. Crop Rotation is critical to keeping land usable and since crop prices are different some farms are not large enough to sustain proper operating budget when growing low-yield crops both in monetary and volume amounts.


You are partially correct
A more importent reason is to prevent Diseases and infestations of insects harmfull to the crops