U.S. Department of Agriculture
Not only is the government shutdown causing problems for furloughed federal employees, it’s also indirectly benefitting one of nature’s nuances: stink bugs.
Ranging from the monthly grocery bill to day care, the cost of raising a child born in 2012 will cost a middle-income family $241,080 by the time they are 18 years old.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s statistical arm said it won’t issue some agricultural reports this year because of automatic federal budget cuts, alarming some in the dairy industry who fear the information void could wreak havoc with milk prices.
Farmers in Maryland are smelling a resurgence in the area’s stink bug population this year.
A top official in the U.S. Department of Agriculture is visiting a mobile farmer’s market in northern Virginia to promote distribution of fresh, local produce in underserved communities.