John Barone

Government shutdown triggers information blackout

Commodities watcher John Barone shares insights on recent and future trends in commodities prices.

After the U.S. government furloughed nonessential employees and shut down many services Oct. 1, the National Agricultural Statistics Service, the Economic Research Service and the Agricultural Marketing Service divisions of the Agriculture Department stopped reporting data. Users attempting to access data on the USDA websites were met with the announcement, “Due to the lapse in federal government funding, this website is not available.” Beef, pork, poultry, dairy, grain and ene

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