When Doug Goehring was appointed North Dakota commissioner of agriculture two years ago, he promised an active, inclusive and progressive approach to farming and agribusiness. He’s delivered. He’s earned re-election to a full four-year term.
Doug Goehring, the current ag commissioner, is standing up for North Dakota farmers and citizens to oppose new Environmental Protection Agency regulations from the Obama administration that would do serious damage to our state’s No. 1 industry, agriculture.
With the party lists pretty well set, it’s time to begin handicapping the races. Handicapping is fun, even though it can lead to embarrassment. Conditions change — and sometimes in ways that should have been foreseen.
State Rep. Merle Boucher, D-Rolette, will seek the North Dakota Democratic-NPL Party’s endorsement Friday to challenge incumbent Doug Goehring in the agriculture commissioner race, he announced Thursday.
Brazil is one of Minnesota’s major ethanol competitors, but Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty came away from a visit there saying the two also could cooperate. At least, they could work together on defining ethanol and other such fundamental issues, the governor said as he is wrapping up a weeklong South American trade mission with about 40 other Minnesotans.
Minnesota farmers are donating $115,000 worth of pork and cheese to food shelves around the state, taking the money out of funds that generally promote agriculture sales. In a time when pork and dairy industries are hurting as bad as they ever have, some said the largely symbolic effort could be a turning point.
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