The partial government shutdown put the lock on some of our country's most recognizable monuments and national parks, but it also closed the doors at local Farm Service Agency offices. After a deal in Congress on Wednesday, those doors are now open and the FSA is back in business.
"All of a sudden, boom, the notice came ' Hey, you gotta shut down, get everything ready and head home until you hear that it's re-opened again,'" Minnehaha County FSA Director Larry Olsen said.
After their hiatus due to the government shutdown, the Minnehaha County Farm Service Agency is now back open.
"Oh, it was a good feeling. You wanted to get back to work. It's a rewarding job. After being gone for a few days, you get a little excited. I didn't sleep much last night worrying about all we had facing us today," Olsen said.
During his forced time off, Olsen was more concerned about what his producers weren't able to do rather than how the shutdown was impacting him.
"They weren't able to do commodity loans, weren't able to make loan repayments, weren't able to do the acreage reporting, all the functions they normally work on this time of year," Olsen said.
While they will receive back pay, not receiving their check quickly became an issue for everyone.
"Yeah, there was a lot of apprehension about that. I mean, everybody has commitments. We're all working for a reason, we need the paycheck. It takes money to live," Olsen said.
Leading up to the October 1st deadline for Congress, Olsen never thought it would reach the point of him being sent home. With another deadline looming in January, he wants to see change, and fast.
"I don't know if you can ever prepare for something like that. I guess I'm just hopeful that it doesn't happen again," Olsen said.