October is typically the month in which CRP annual rental payments get made to landowners who have invested in soil conservation, healthy ecosystems, and wildlife habitat. I noted that my local USDA office is closed right now, with a voicemail recording citing the shutdown. Once again, America's farmers are among the first to get thrown under the bus for the failure of government to live within its means. I'm betting that local township treasurers will be unimpressed if hardships caused by the USDA's payment delinquency cause the payment of winter tax bills to be delayed. Wanna kill these ads? We can help!