Successful Farming: The partial government shutdown is putting a kink in the Trump tariff payments to farmers, and it could prevent the EPA from approving the sale of E15 by the summer, as promised by President Donald Trump. But farm groups have made few public complaints about the shutdown, now in its third week. Because of the shutdown, the USDA also postponed indefinitely the release of major reports on U.S. and world crops originally scheduled to appear on Friday. The reports include the USDA’s first estimate of winter wheat sowings, data on crop output and usage at home and around the world, and a quarterly survey of U.S. grain stockpiles.