The Ag Commissioner in North Dakota should use that bully pulpit to advocate for more value added agriculture operations in the state.
That was the message from Democratic candidate for the seat Ryan Taylor today in Minot.
At a press conference this morning, Taylor talked about the need for the products produced in the field to stay in the state -- bringing more profit to farmers and ranchers, and lessening the need for as many rail cars to ship product out.
Taylor criticized the current Ag Commissioner -- Doug Goehring -- who he says spends too much time advocating shipments out of the state...and not enough time keeping it here.
(Ryan Taylor - Ag Commissioner Candidate) "When we talked about that last week, a response from my opponent, the current ag commissioner, was that we need to focus on getting our products out of the state of ND which I think rubs against the history of our state. We know that we have to keep as many of our products here."
Taylor is hoping to unseat Republican Doug Goehring this November.
In a response to KX News Commissioner Goehring says,
"We've always been supportive of value added agriculture in North Dakota."
He says the state still needs to transport goods out of state and that rail is the most efficient way compared to trucking costs, which he says are generally three times higher.