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US Government Shutdown Casts Shadow Over Promising Harvest

Just one year after a catastrophic drought damaged vast areas of farmland in the Midwestern United States, farmers heading to the fields to harvest one of the best crop yields in years have been dealing with another obstacle - the partial shutdown of the U.S. Government. The shutdown has had a ripple effect, affecting everything from subsidies to loans to the price of grains and meat that farmers are trying to sell. 2013 is shaping up to be a golden harvest for Illinois farmer Brian Duncan. ...

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