Midwest agriculture leaders meeting in Medora

MEDORA, ND – The top state agriculture officials from 12 midwestern states will get a close look at North Dakota's two leading industries during their annual meeting, which starts Thursday, in Medora.

“The schedule includes panel discussions on agriculture and water and on North Dakota's oil and gas industry,” said North Dakota Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring, president of the Midwestern Association of State Departments of Agriculture (MASDA) and host of the event. “The field trips will include grain and livestock production facilities and an oil production field.”

Goehring said Michael Scuse, the newly-appointed U.S. acting deputy secretary of agriculture, will address the group.

Other speakers include the current president and vice-president of the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture: North Carolina Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler and Vermont Secretary of Agriculture Chuck Ross, and Saskatchewan Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart.

MASDA is comprised of the agriculture commissioners, secretaries and directors of 12 states: North Dakota, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin.