North Dakota Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring will seek re-election this year, he announced Thursday.
The Republican has been in office since 2009, when then-Gov. John Hoeven appointed him to fill the job vacated by Democrat Roger Johnson, who resigned to lead the National Farmers Union. Goehring was elected in 2010 and re-elected in 2014.
In 2014, Goehring survived a challenge for the Republican Party’s endorsement at the state convention.
Goehring listed a number of accomplishments in a news release, including successfully challenging a federal water rule, developing programs to help farmers and ranchers during droughts and expanding trade to more countries.
Goehring, a third-generation farmer, operates a 2,000-acre, no-till farm near Menoken with his son, Dustin. They raise corn, soybeans, spring wheat, winter wheat, sunflowers and barley.
Goehring was previously the vice president of the North Dakota Farm Bureau and was president and chairman of its affiliate Nodak Insurance Co.