BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota officials are asking federal officials to help ranchers who might become short on feed later this summer because of flooding.

Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring and the North Dakota Stockmen's Association are asking the Risk Management Agency for a change in "prevented planting" rules.

The crop insurance provision pays farmers who can't seed a crop because of wet conditions. If the land can be planted later and a farmer harvests a crop on it before Nov. 1, the payment is cut 65 percent.

Goehring wants the penalty reduced to 30 percent. The Stockmen's is asking RMA for a "more reasonable" payment reduction for prevented planting land harvested before Sept. 1 and for no payment reduction for land harvested after that date.

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