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Published October 05, 2010, 03:48 PM

Ag Commissioner candidate addresses locally owned farmland

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - A candidate for Agriculture Commissioner says he doesn't want to lose North Dakota's land to outside corporations.

By: WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY

Merle Boucher held a press conference at the Fargo Depot today. He announced the formation of a commission he'd start by spring 2011, if elected.

It would include financial and tax professionals, legal experts, farmers and the public. They'd address the issue of locally owned land, and getting the younger generation involved in farming.

"There is nothing more important in this state than our agricultural future and ensuring that our family farm and our individual ownership way of life continues."

Boucher says the median age for farmers is 57 years old, and fewer 20-year olds are getting into farming.