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N.D. CRP land opened to calving through May 15

BISMARCK, N.D. -- North Dakota ranchers can now do their calving on Conservation Reserve Program land until May 15. The federal government has extended the April 30 deadline that was set to help out ranch-ers dealing with flooding, and muddy lots...

BISMARCK, N.D. -- North Dakota ranchers can now do their calving on Conservation Reserve Program land until May 15.

The federal government has extended the April 30 deadline that was set to help out ranch-ers dealing with flooding, and muddy lots that can lead to cattle sickness and death.

The state Agriculture Department estimates about 72,000 calves have died already this spring.

CRP land normally is left idle to protect against erosion. Farmers receive payments to plant cover such as grass on the land.

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