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Growers vent frustration over monitoring program

A federal agencyís monitoring of fields in a 14-county area is costing local  growers precious time in having their damaged crops processed for insurance claims.

Two employees with U.S. Rep. Randy Neugebauerís office heard those concerns Monday at Levelland City Hall.

The U.S. Department of Agricultureís Risk Management Agency is monitoring growers here, and that hasadded to the time in which a crop can be failed, insurance approved and a new crop planted.

Producer R.H. Reaves said growers here have run out of time for planting many crops, and a cotton blight is having a serious impact on fields of standing cotton.

‘We donít have a week any more,’ Reaves said. ‘Now more of this (cotton) will die.’

He said the RMA’s monitoring has put producers in a tough situation.

Timing and weather conditions have made the situation more difficult.

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