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Midwest state ag leaders discuss ag issues, propose fixes

Midwest state agriculture officials recently gathered at the Midwest Association of State Departments of Agriculture (MASDA) annual meeting in Madison, Wisconsin to discuss agriculture issues including endangered species, grain inspection, and antimicrobial resistance and research.

North Dakota Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring introduced two policy amendments and two action items for MASDA's recommendation to the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) meeting this fall.

A follow-up to the policy amendment Goehring introduced earlier this year at the NASDA winter policy conference, the two action items "encourage states to promote the implementation of antimicrobial judicious use principles" and "support research for the development of new antimicrobials, and the development of antibody research and therapy."

Goehring pointed out that antimicrobial resistance issues are of great concern to the agriculture community.

"The agriculture community is doing its part to help safeguard the food supply, protect public health, maintain healthy animals and enhance food production systems," Goehring said.

The policy amendments introduced by Goehring focused on federal grain inspections and endangered species. MASDA members unanimously approved both amendments and action items to recommend for consideration at the NASDA meeting.

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

–N.D. Dept. of Agriculture