Goehring sets meeting of ag regulations review panel

BISMARCK – Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring has scheduled the first meeting of the North Dakota Department of Agriculture (NDDA) Regulatory Review Committee for Wednesday, July 30.

The meeting will be held at 8:30 a.m., in the Pioneer Room of the State Capitol in Bismarck.

The panel will discuss and hear presentations on the Clean Water Act, the Clean Air Act, the Worker Protection Standard and Section 179 of the Internal Revenue Code.

Appearing at the meeting will be representatives of the North Dakota Department of Health, State Water Commission, North Dakota Lignite Energy Council, American Farm Bureau, Farm Credit Services, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and NDDA.

Goehring announced formation of the committee in May to help farmers and ranchers deal with the increasing load of federal regulations, and to provide NDDA with input for developing comments on proposed rules before they are implemented.

Committee members include Shannon Berndt, North Dakota Pulse Growers Association; David Brown, North Dakota  Lamb and Wool Growers Association; Barry Coleman, North Dakota Canola Growers Association; Julie Ellingson, North Dakota Stockmen's Association; Dwight Grosz, North Dakota Elk Growers; Doyle Johannes, North Dakota Farm Bureau; Eric Lahlum, North Dakota Agricultural Association; Tom Lilja, North Dakota Corn Growers Association; Francis Maher, Independent Beef Association of North Dakota; Paul Mathiason, Red River Sugarbeet Growers Association; Doug Opland, U.S. Durum Growers Association; Justin Retterath, Northarvest Bean Growers Association; Scott Rising, North Dakota Soybean Growers Association; John Sandbakken, National Sunflower Association; Mark Watne, North Dakota Farmers Union, and Bob Wisness, North Dakota Grain Growers.

Goehring said the committee meetings and deliberations would be open to the public.

“This is all about public policy,” he said. “It must be as open and transparent as possible.”