North Dakota farm leaders addressed the extremely wet conditions and late planting season in Friday’s roundtable discussion. Suggestions included changes for prevent plant regulations, opening up Conservation Reserve Program land earlier and adjusting planting dates. North Dakota Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring said the Risk Management Agency can’t push back final planting dates. “The federal government could be sued by almost every crop insurance company,” said Goehring. “However, Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack may have a way to address some of this at his discretion using Commodity Credit Corporation funds to help offset coverage losses if a producer has a legitimate claim. That way, we don’t mess with insurance, but it’s another way to incentivize planting.”
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