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A yard sign in the snow reads "too close" across a red background.
Signs proclaiming a proposed soybean crushing plant would be "too close" to town are popping up in Casselton, North Dakota.
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Plain Talk: The case for crushing soybeans in Cass County, despite the controversy

Rep. Jared Hagrit, a Republican from District 20, a soybean grower himself and a past chairman of the United States Soybean Board, joined this episode of Plain Talk to talk about the Casselton project and why it's important.

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Minot, N.D. — If there is any lesson to be learned from the last few years of tumultuous international politics, and the crippling pandemic, it's that we need our supply lines to get shorter.

For a long time, Americans have been content to see industry, from value-added agriculture to mining and manufacturing, move out of sight and out of mind. It's clear that we need to bring that stuff back to the United States.

That's not always as easy as it seems. There is a local political fight in Cass County over a soybean crushing facility. It's exactly the sort of project we need built in America, and in North Dakota, which grows some of the best soybeans in the world, but some critics, adopting a not-in-my-backyard attitude , don't want it.

Rep. Jared Hagrit, a Republican from District 20, a soybean grower himself and a past chairman of the United States Soybean Board, joined this episode of Plain Talk to talk about the Casselton project and why it's important.

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Opinion by Rob Port
Rob Port is a news reporter, columnist, and podcast host for the Forum News Service. He has an extensive background in investigations and public records. He has covered political events in North Dakota and the upper Midwest for two decades. Reach him at rport@forumcomm.com. Click here to subscribe to his Plain Talk podcast.
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