The Hagstrom Report

Agriculture News As It Happens

USDA releases shutdown plans

Although Congress reached agreement late Friday to avert a shutdown, the Agriculture Department Saturday released a contingency plan on what would happen if USDA had shut down.

The plan provides a guide to how the Obama administration would handle the situation if Congress fails to pass an appropriations bill covering the Agriculture Department in the future. The continuing resolution passed Friday night will be in effect until Thursday, and by that day Congress has pledged to pass a bill to fund the government through the 2011 fiscal year that ends on September 30. But battles over the 2012 budget and increasing the debt limit are expected in the next few months.