Farming is a vocation uniquely dependent on seasons and vagaries in the weather. Adding to the challenge for agriculture researchers employed in federal labs over the past few weeks was the government shutdown, which legally prohibited them from working.

This new reality is a strong reminder that adequate and, most important, consistent funding is vital for plant and animal scientists to do their jobs. A story published this week by Agweek explored this issue in more depth, and is worth a read if you missed it. It is at