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Crop Insurance Deadline Looms

Farmers and landowners have until March 15 to buy crop insurance or risk losing benefits from federal price supports, loans and other farm programs.

The deadline is confusing because farmers can sign up for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s wheat and feed program through April 28.

“But without crop insurance coverage, you wouldn’t get any benefits,” said Randy Primmer, Spokane County executive for the Farm Service Agency, which manages the farm programs.

Crop insurance was changed last year to restrain congressional spending on crop losses and make growers rely more on insurance.

Under those reforms, producers of insurable crops pay $50 per crop per county each year for a basic catastrophic policy. The insurance covers half the average crop at 60 percent of the crop’s market value. Farmers can buy additional coverage if needed.



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Seoul: North Korea committed to U.S. summit, denuclearization

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updated  South Korean President Moon Jae-in said Sunday that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un committed in the rivals’ surprise meeting to sitting down with President Donald Trump and to a “complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.” The Korean leaders’ second summit in a month Saturday saw bear hugs and broad smiles, but their quickly arranged meeting appears to highlight a sense of urgency on both sides of the world’s most heavily armed border.