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Goehring awards state’s first wine and grape research grants

May 1, 2014

BISMARCK – Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring has awarded North Dakota’s first research grants to support and promote the state’s grape and wine industry. “The 2013 Legislature appropriated $80,000 for the North Dakota Department of Agriculture to fund industry research and promotion,” Goehring said. “North Dakota’s grape and wine industry has seen significant growth in recent years, and the research funded…

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Fargo Forum says “ND Farm Bureau off on peculiar campaign” Feb. 11, 2014

May 1, 2014

The North Dakota Farm Bureau seems to be having an identity crisis. The venerable farm organization has put itself between a rock and a hard place with recent Janus-like performances. Published at

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Private property takes priority over ‘special places’

May 1, 2014

BISMARCK — I am writing to thank North Dakota Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring for his strong stance in protecting our private property rights. The Industrial Commission is considering a policy that, by requiring a public comment period, could significantly restrict drilling and oil-and-gas development on public and private lands deemed “extraordinary places.” Goehring supports a policy that excludes private lands…

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Letter: Landowners should have ability to make management decisions

February 24, 2014

For many of us who ranch in western North Dakota, our private land is interspersed within the federal grazing lands. A proposed new policy regarding drilling permits being considered by the North Dakota Industrial Commission could significantly restrict drilling and oil and gas development on private lands that are designated as “extraordinary places” by requiring a public comment period. The…

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"Get Out The Vote" Bus Tour

October 24, 2014, 12:00am

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Come out to meet your North Dakota GOP statewide candidates as they travel across the state to "Get Out The Vote" this Friday and ...

Please come out and support Ag Commissioner Doug Goehring this Thursday evening, October 23. Doug will be debating his Democrat opponent, Ryan Taylor, at a debate sponsored by the League of Women Voters and Dakota Media Access. The details are below. This is the last formal debate of the election season and Doug needs your support and he would greatly appreciate your attendance on Thursday. Doug hopes to see you there! Thursday, October 23 Ag Commissioner Debate * Belle Mehus Auditorium in downtown Bismarck across the street from the Radisson * 6:30 pm - the debate will run about 45 minutes * A debate between Congressman Kevin Cramer and his Democrat opponent George Sinner will follow at 7:30 pm ... See MoreSee Less

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Patricia DeckerThank God for Helpers, huh???:-) :-) :-) :-)1   ·  1 week ago

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BISMARCK – Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring has proposed a Pipeline Reclamation Inspection Program. With increasing energy production, this program will ensure that the long-term productivity of the land is being considered and addressed. “The Department of Agriculture has received calls from farmers and ranchers who have told us that they need assistance with follow up and follow through in dealing with pipeline companies,” Goehring said. “With more than 20,000 miles of pipeline already crossing North Dakota and thousands more miles to be added in coming years, it is very likely such issues will always exist.” Speaking at a news conference Thursday, in Bismarck, Goehring was joined by state legislators, Sen. Jessica Unruh and Sen. Kelly Armstrong, who support the idea. Under Goehring’s plan, a landowner who is dissatisfied by the response of a pipeline owner/operator in dealing with reclamation of their property can contact the North Dakota Department of Agriculture for assistance. The caller would supply required information, such as location, name of pipeline operator, date the work was done and the nature and manner in which their land has not been reclaimed properly. “The report would be forwarded to a field inspector who would conduct an on-site meeting with the landowner to assess the situation,” Goehring said. “The inspector would then prepare a written report, contact the pipeline company detailing the findings and proposed action for resolving the issues.” The report would be provided to the pipeline owner/operator outlining an acceptable timeline for corrective measures agreed upon by both the landowner and the company. The inspector would follow-up to ensure the work is finished in a satisfactory and timely manner. “In cases where a pipeline operator and landowner cannot agree on a plan of action, the case could be taken to the North Dakota Mediation Service,” Goehring said. “Many of these cases I have dealt with personally are the result of misunderstanding or miscommunication. If these issues are not worked out, mediation could help resolve many of them.” Goehring said the proposed legislation also includes funding for North Dakota State University to conduct research into alterative solutions for reclaiming land affected by pipeline construction. (2 photos) ... See MoreSee Less

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Patricia DeckerGood speach...Doug.... l Hope it works for all sides.....:-)1 week ago

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