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USDA won’t extend crop insurance deadline

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WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Agriculture says it can’t extend today’s crop insurance planting deadline for corn growers despite wet spring delays in North Dakota crop planting.

Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., requested the extension earlier this week and asked the USDA to consider moving back spring planting dates in upcoming years.

The USDA’s Risk Management Agency says it’s prohibited by federal regulations from changing the deadline set for most North Dakota counties.

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