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USDA says to extend stay on rule allowing Argentine lemon imports

CHICAGO, March 17 (Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Friday said it will issue a second 60-day stay on a rule allowing imports of lemons from northwest Argentina.

In December, the USDA said it would lift a ban on Argentine imports, giving growers in the world's top producer access to the largest consuming market for the first time in 15 years.

A month later, following the inauguration of U.S. President Donald Trump, Washington issued its first 60-day stay on the decision, causing shares of lemon exporter San Miguel to tumble.

(Reporting by Tom Polansek; editing by Diane Craft)