Soybeans in a field near Summerfield, Ill., have turned from emerald green to golden yellow, as harvest time draws closer. Like so many Americans, farmers have been adversely affected by the current government shutdown, according to the American Soybean Association, which pointed to this past week's expiration of a one-year extension of the 2008 Farm Bill. The association contends the shutdown has created "another failed attempt on the part of Congress to provide soybean farmers with the certainty they need to remain competitive and plan for the future." For now, this year's soybean crop here in southwest Illinois looks good.
T.E. Griggs is a writer, editor and photographer and a retired U.S. Marine.