We admire the efficiencies of today’s farmers.
At cafes we are anxious to hear of planting and harvest progress.
Last fall’s harvest was exceptionally difficult.
There was a trifecta of horrible weather, miserable prices and crop quality problems.
I felt the pain of dozens of farmers as I visited Northwest Minnesota and North Dakota.
Beyond the operational phase of farming, there is another aspect to success on the farms: effective policies and governance in the state Legislature.
Whether it was lending scientific guidance to the North Dakota Department of Agriculture for a reasonable Dicamba broad-spectrum herbicide (which was in danger of being banded) policy or advocating for safe transportation of North Dakota oil in rail cars, I was there.
At the medical school, we were faced with an immensely complicated problem of decommissioning a radioactive facility that involved interacting with state and national agencies.
When the crop season is finished, a proven and strong leadership in the North Dakota Senate is needed.
Paul R. Hanson
(Hanson is running for District 20 Senate)