The North Dakota House Agriculture Committee is working on legislation to tweak the grain buyer legislation that was enacted two years ago. The new bill is designed to give the North Dakota Department of Agriculture more tools for its oversight of grain dealers and processers. Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring spoke in favor of the bill, saying it would put the focus on value rather than volume. “Going to this kind of system looks at the actual business that a company does annually. Whether they are an elevator with 50,000 bushels of capacity or an ethanol producer with 1.5 million bushels of capacity, it no longer matters.” In Thursday’s hearing, legislators also took testimony on a hemp regulatory oversight bill.
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