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Governor asks for agricultural aid


Farmers have until June 9 to replant their crops, according to agriculture insurance regulations.


The window for many rice farmers to replant crops lost in the recent floods is closing, and Gov. Asa Hutchinson has sent a letter to U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue asking for help. Farmers have until June 9 to replant their crops, according to agriculture insurance regulations. Hutchinson has asked Perdue to extend the deadline.

“Excessive, additional financial hardship will be placed upon producers already facing significant challenges if this needed flexibility is not provided,” the governor said in his letter.

Finding replant seeds this late in the season will be difficult, and it could take time, according to experts. Producers must be free to base their replanting schedule on advice from consultants and experts that is specific to local conditions, not an arbitrary date set by a crop insurance program, he wrote in his letter. Read more.

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