"Inspection services are continuing," said plant manager Randy Zorn. "They're necessary for food production, and the food supply is considered essential."
At social security's local office, they'll have a few services, though national media reports social security checks will continue to be issued.
"During the government shutdown, local social security offices are open for a limited number of services," said a recorded voice when the Courier called the Ottumwa office.
Some social security services, the voice stated, are available online. On the first day of the shutdown, two attempts to speak with a human produced a different recorded message.
"Please try your call later. Goodbye."
— To see reporter Mark Newman's Twitter feed, go to @couriermark