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More ND farms comply with pesticide regulations

BISMARCK (AP) -- Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring says the percentage of North Dakota farms in compliance with pesticide regulations has increased since his department started a new enforcement strategy in fiscal 2008.

Goehring says officials started focusing on education and helping producers comply, and also put less regulatory emphasis on lower-risk activities such as record-keeping and more emphasis on higher-risk activities such as pesticide applications.

Goehring says in the year before the changes, the compliance rate was 54 percent. It has now risen to 78 percent of farms and businesses inspected by his department.