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At end of shutdown, ag sector looks to passage of farm bill

7:02 AM, Oct. 22, 2013
Marvin Biese of Plum Pride Holsteins, demos a new John Deere self-propelled forage harvester from Riesterer and Schnell, harvesting corn from a field in Wrightstown, Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013.
Marvin Biese of Plum Pride Holsteins, demos a new John Deere self-propelled forage harvester from Riesterer and Schnell, harvesting corn from a field in Wrightstown, Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013.
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Heavy farm equipment and semis have been rolling in and out of the farm fields along the border of Brown and Outagamie counties as farmers started harvesting corn for silage and other crops.

For most farmers, the recent government shutdown didn't hinder daily operations. But the agricultural sector still is waiting for Congress to approve a new farm bill.

For farmers like Steve Nor, who has a dairy operation near Peshtigo, the shutdown, which was resolved late last week, went largely unnoticed. ...

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