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Shutdown felt in many parts of Louisiana

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POSTED: Tuesday, October 1, 2013 - 6:05pm

UPDATED: Thursday, October 3, 2013 - 5:08pm

Several offices at the Department of Agriculture and Forestry sit quiet Tuesday, thanks to the government shut down. Commissioner Mike Strain said those employees are already being missed.

"We've been planning on this for a week, we've been trying to gear up what we have done. There is an inter-relationship between the state and federal government," said Strain.

Without federal stamps of approval many money making industries in Louisiana are also forced to shut down.

"We are a huge export market. That export market requires a certain amount of federal approval and signatures and all of that comes grinding to a halt," explained Strain.

The shutdown is only partial for now, so it was business as usual for many federal employees.

"The (middle district federal) court will continue to operate fully for at least the next 10 days. Respective staff members have been notified that it will be necessary for them to come in to work, and to work, at least on criminal matters even in a non-pay status," explained Judge Brian Jackson.

But the shut-down isn't the only deadline congress missed. Lawmakers also failed to figure out the farm bill, a crucial tool in keeping the economy going.

"Without a farm bill you're going to see instability in the market place. Instability causes prices to go up and profits to go down. And in the end, the person that's going to pay that is the American consumer and the world consumer," added Strain.

National parks and nationally funded museums were also closed for the day. Governor Bobby Jindal also urged congress to get back down to business and end the shut-down as soon as possible, citing the fact that several programs will soon run out of funding.

Click here for a list of additional Louisiana agencies impacted by the shutdown.

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