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Cotton producers caught in Congressional infighting over border wall

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

If the congressional bickering and discord persists it will have serious effects on Lubbock's top money maker.

If the government shuts down, it will be difficult for farmers to get paid. 

"A marketing pool will buy a producer's crop, they utilize the CCC loan program to pay that producer and then once they sell that cotton to the marketplace for it to be exported overseas and then they reimburse the CCC program," said Cody Bessent with Plains Cotton Growers.

If the government shuts down that process comes to a halt meaning producers wouldn't be able to sell. 

If a stopgap measure is not passed it could also result in market prices dropping, meaning payments would be light during an already tough year.

"We've seen over the last few weeks where prices for cotton and other commodities we have decline largely surrounded by the in-sustainability within the discussions between the US and China obviously but if the government were to actually shut down it would cause some more unsustainability in the marketplace," he said. 

Key tariff relief payments under the Market Facilitation Program could also face delay. Bessent is hopeful a funding solution will be found before the deadline, though,

"No one wants to shutdown the government whether they're a house member, a senate member, or even the president themselves and I think that's why you seen now a pivotal movement to do a continuing resolution just to continue strategically fund the government going into February."

Congress has until the end of the day Friday to pass a funding measure. 

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