MISSOURI--- On the fourth day of the government shutdown, it is bad news for the University of Missouri Extension. The State Department of Social Services suspended its Nutrition Education Program. The Nutrition Education Program receives $10.4 million in federal funding from the USDA. The lack of funds is affecting more than 100 Extension faculty and staff at more than 1,000 schools across the state. About 260,000 students benefit from the learning program. MU Extension will fund affected positions through October 21st, but the office will be forced to issue layoffs if the shutdown is still ongoing after that date.
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