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Ag commissioner signs pact

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - A new deal aims to help relieve backed-up crop delivery from North Dakota.

Ag commissioner Doug Goehring and The Port of Vancouver CEO signed a pact, partnering to more efficiently ship ag commodities.

The Port plans to acquire a dedicated rail service, shipping supplies to North Dakota, and then using those box cars to return specialty crops to the coast.

Goehring hopes the deal will help increase capacity and reliability for farmers moving their products by rail.

Doug Goehring- ND Agricultural Commissioner: "I think we're really going to be able to make a lot of headway in relieving some pressure... And especially in a part of the state where we have a great deal of concern about how we need to move that product.”

Port of Vancouver hopes to acquire cars and begin testing the system by mid-September.