Business at Thrush Aircraft Inc. should be booming this time ofyear as the Georgia company ships its crop dusters to customers inBrazil preparing to fertilize crops.

A partial U.S. government shutdown, however, has brought about$13 million worth of orders to a halt because the shuttered U.S.Export-Import Bank isn't providing financing for the buyers inSouth America, where it's now spring.

“It's just brutal,” said Eric Rojek, the vice president forsales of the closely held company, based in Albany. “It's a verydifficult position that these guys have put us in,” he said,referring to U.S. lawmakers who couldn't agree on a plan to keepthe bank and other federal agencies open before the Oct. 1 start ofthe fiscal year.

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