Doug Goehring, North Dakota Agriculture Commissioner

Doug Goehring, North Dakota Agriculture Commissioner Bismarck

What is agriculture’s most significant change in the last decade?

In the last ten years we have seen a significant rise in the values of agriculture products.  The rise of the values of what we sell and the values of what we have to put into the crop has greatly increased the risk associated with farming.

What is the best tool ever developed for agriculture?

The computer.  The computer has accelerated our ability to gather, analyze, and use data in a way that has dramatically increased our productivity.  Computers, in many different forms, connect us to the internet, help us with our book keeping, and even steer our tractors, among countless other things.

Moving forward, what is the industry’s biggest threat?

The lack of understanding by the public of how their food is produced.  The public has a romantic view that sometimes does not match the reality.  We need to do a better job of telling our story.


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