If sequestration takes effect, you could be paying more to put food on the table.
According to local hog farmer Richard Beuth, the federal spending cuts in question call for about ten percent fewer meat inspectors. That means less meat will be processed and farmers will have to hold on to their product longer.
"When hogs are ready to go they have to go within a week or two period," Beuth says. "You can't just hold on to them. We would end up with some heavyweight hogs, heavier than what the consumers want."
It's currently unknown when higher prices would reach consumers.
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