Direct payments for farmers who have not certified production as part of the Market Facilitation Program (MFP), as well as farm loans and disaster assistance programs, were put on hold beginning this week, and will not start up again until the government reopens.
Food stamp payments for eligible recipients are guaranteed benefits through January. Other feeding programs, including the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program, which provides food aid and nutrition counseling for pregnant women, new mothers and children, and food distribution programs on Indian reservations, will continue on a local level, but additional federal funding will not be provided.
School lunch programs will continue through February.
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