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Government shutdown closes USDA office
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There will be no interruption in U.S. Mail service due to the partial government shutdown which began Tuesday, but Warren County residents looking for farm services at the local USDA office are out of luck.The local USDA office on the corner of the bypass and Faulkner Springs Road was closed Tuesday. A sign on the door said, “This U.S. Department of Agriculture office is currently closed, due to the lapse in federal government funding.”Those workers are part of some 800,000 federal employees who are off the job as Congress bickers over funding for the Affordable Care Act, commonly called Obamacare.Other federal employees were on the job Tuesday in McMinnville. The U.S. Postal Service was fully operational with no plans for any interruptions.“We won’t have any changes whatsoever,” said McMinnville postmaster Brent Nunley.