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Possible Delays in Release of USDA Reports


Relocation of the USDA-ERS from Washington, D.C. to Kansas City has resulted in profound reduction in personnel with extensive separation from resignation and retirement. The gravity of the situation, essentially a self-inflicted wound, has the potential to delay release of critical documents including the October WASDE with a pre-announced release date of Thursday 10th

It is understood that some transfers of personnel and terminations have been delayed and that retirees are being hired to maintain function and continuity.


A letter from Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, addressed to Secretary of Agriculture Dr. Sonny Perdue expressed concern over possible dislocation of service delivered by the ERS was included in the October 2nd edition of CHICK-NEWS, accessible under the SEARCH tab.