The Democrat who wants to unseat Republican Doug Goehring as Ag Commissioner says the state needs to do a better job of protecting farmers and ranchers as oil development continues.
Ryan Taylor says he supports both the energy and agriculture industries.
But he says the job of the Ag Commissioner is to be squarely on the side of agriculture.
(Ryan Taylor, (D) Candidate for Ag Commissioner) "I think as Ag Commissioner your first responsibility should be those farmers and ranchers who are producing a product that the world needs in concert with energy developers who are also producing a product the world needs. But we need to make sure that both are taken care of in balance so those farmers and ranchers aren't dealing with saltwater spills that can sterilize the ground and prevent them from producing a crop, and yet still allowing these neighbors we now have that are drilling for oil and gas to get their job done as well. And I think we can do that but it takes leadership from an ag commissioner to do both."
Taylor says one of the most important jobs of the Ag Commissioner is his position on the Industrial Commission.
The Taylor campaign recently won a ruling from the Attorney General that the Industrial Commission was too slow in providing minutes from recent meetings.
Taylor says he will be commenting further on what the minutes show about what the commission has been doing recently.