Doug Goehring

North Dakota Ranks High for Blackbird Crop Damage

North Dakota ranked first in bird damage to confectionery and oilseed sunflowers.

BISMARCK, N.D.–North Dakota agricultural officials say there’s help available for the millions of dollars in crop damage caused by blackbirds each year. Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring says the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Wildlife Services program loans nonlethal management equipment to farmers to help disperse blackbirds that attack sunflower and grain crops. The USDA says of eight states with significant…

Interest in Hemp Production Growing in North Dakota

CBD is cropping up in grocery stores, health food stores and even gas stations.

BISMARCK, N.D. – Interest in hemp production is growing in North Dakota. State officials say they’re seeing the most interest in growing hemp for cannabidiol. CBD is derived from the hemp plant, but unlike its cousin cannabis, it lacks potency. Now CBD, which many say has healing properties, is cropping up in grocery stores, health food stores and even gas…

USDA to Temporarily Reopen FSA Offices during Government Shutdown

Offices across the country will be open Thursday, Friday, and the following Tuesday

FARGO, N.D. — For some producers, financial support from the Farm Service Agency (FSA) is essential towards keeping their farms afloat. “They need those funds if they’re going to farm this next year and if you’re delaying processing of loans all the way into May or June or July, creditors are sitting on the sidelines maybe not wanting to take a…

Doug Goehring Applauds President Trump’s New Trade Deal

The deal still has to be ratified in the U.S., Mexico and Canada

FARGO, N.D. — North Dakota Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring says he supports President Trump’s updated trade deal with Canada and Mexico. A few things he applauds within the United States–Mexico–Canada Agreement includes establishing comprehensive standards for agricultural biotechnology and Canada’s deal to cut back on some of their dairy market protections in place. On Monday, the president said the deal will…

Senator John Hoeven Holds Round Table with Ag Leaders to Discuss Farm Bill

Hoeven is on the Farm Bill conference committee

FARGO, N.D. — Senator John Hoeven sat down with farmers and agriculture leaders at NDSU’s Barry Hall to discuss the upcoming farm bill and the impact of tariffs on local growers. The farm bill is currently in conference, where members of both the House and Senate will combine their versions before the deadline in September. Last week, Hoeven was named to…

Harvest Hotline Is Activated In North Dakota

helps hook up farmers who need custom combiners with commercial harvesters looking for work

BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring has activated the Harvest Hotline. The service that was first implemented in 1992 and helps hook up farmers who need custom combiners with commercial harvesters looking for work. State Agriculture Department employees will answer calls weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The service is free. The phone number is: 701-425-8454….

Pure honey & Maple Syrup soon to be labeled as having added sugars

The Food and Drug Administration will soon require pure honey and maple syrup to be labeled as having added sugars, and North Dakota Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring believes the move will only confuse consumers. The FDA suggests producers also use a symbol after the amount of added sugars telling consumers where these sugars occur naturally. The American Honey Producers Association…

North Dakota Agriculture Commissioner Seeks Re-Election

Doug Goehring says he is running for re-election

BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring is running for re-election. The 52-year-old Republican was appointed to the job in 2009 by then Gov. John Hoeven and won elections in 2010 and 2014. Besides promoting agricultural interests and markets for farm products, the commissioner also sits on the state Industrial Commission, which regulates North Dakota’s oil industry. Goehring…