The National Association of State Departments of Agriculture is meeting in Cheyenne, Wyoming for its annual meeting. Minnesota Agriculture Commissioner Thom Petersen is wrapping up his time as president of the Midwestern regional association. Petersen sees value in the relationships he’s developed through this group. “We compare notes about what’s happening and what’s important,” said Petersen. “In the Midwest, for example, I work with (North Dakota Agriculture) Commissioner Doug Goehring, Secretary (Hunter) Roberts in South Dakota, Director (Sherry) Vinton in Nebraska.” Common ground can be found on issues ranging from the farm bill to biofuels. Missouri Agriculture Director Chris Chinn is the incoming Midwest Association of State Departments of Agriclture president. North Dakota Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring is vice president.
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