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Farmers in 12 states including North Dakota are getting more time to report spring-seeded crops to the federal government.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has extended the deadline from July 15 to July 22 to help farmers in states impacted by heavy rains and flooding.

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Farmers are required to report crops to USDA’s Farm Service Agency and crop insurance agents to be eligible for federal farm programs and insurance.

“Agriculture operations throughout the state have been hit hard by heavy rains and flooding that have affected their operations,” said Brad Thykeson, state executive director for the Farm Service Agency. “The deadline extension provides more flexibility for producers who experienced planting and field work delays.”

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