Wow -- this is a difficult topic to research as the USDA website is down. I did find this on what appears to be a good (.edu) site (though it refers to New Jersey):
•Visitors to the USDA website will find the following message: “Due to the lapse in federal government funding, this website is not available. After funding has been restored, please allow some time for this website to become available again. For information about available government services, visit usa.gov. View U.S. Department of Agriculture Agency Contingency plans.
•Payments normally processed through USDA will not be processed during the duration of the shutdown, including CRP payments and Marketing Assistance loans, Deputy Secretary Scuse said.
I heard on NPR today that imports and exports have been hampered severely.
I am a federal employee myself, and was just called back today by my Agency, after things got more backlogged.
I anticipate that when CRP payments are delayed, the USDA will also start returning more people to work.
If you haven't already, you should register a complaint with your representative and senators. I'm sorry you are dealing with this--none of us that work for the government are happy with the situation. We just want to do our jobs.
Nothing with horses is ever easy or cheap. And if it is, you're doing it wrong. They always rip out part of your soul when they leave. I guess that's how they find us later.