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Seed commissioner: Keep durum sales legal

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Due to renewed interest in planting durum wheat, state seed officials are concerned that a high demand for the grain may drive some producers to buy and sell durum illegally.

Since the production of commercial durum has fallen in the state, there has been a parallel reduction in durum seed production, said Ken Bertsch, North Dakota State Seed Department commissioner. Additionally, new loan rates, announced earlier this month, have driven higher interest in planting durum.

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