- Associated Press - Friday, January 8, 2016

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota’s Agriculture Department says anhydrous ammonia fertilizer dealers are getting a reprieve from a federal policy change.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration policy change announced last year regulates anhydrous retailers under the same standards as manufacturers.

The state Agriculture Department has fought the change, saying it will bury companies in paperwork. It will affect 275 North Dakota facilities, when only eight facilities were covered by the rule previously.

Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring says a provision in the year-end funding bill in Congress has suspended the change until at least October. Fertilizer groups also are challenging the policy change in federal court.

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