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Published October 07, 2010, 08:20 AM

ND assumes livestock market reports in West Fargo

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring has authorized up to $2,200 from his department's budget to provide market reporting of livestock in West Fargo.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring has authorized up to $2,200 from his department's budget to provide market reporting of livestock in West Fargo.

Goehring says budget constraints have forced the federal government's Agriculture Marketing Service office in Sioux Falls, S.D., to discontinue reporting at the West Fargo auction site.

Goehring says livestock market reports provided after sales, usually weekly, are used by ranchers to determine when to market their animals.

The Agriculture Marketing Service will continue livestock market reports at Napoleon, Dickinson and Mandan. The federal agency has stopped reporting at Jamestown. Goehring says resuming reporting at West Fargo should help fill the gap. He says the situation will be reassessed early next year.

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