Ag Commissioner Concerned about Protests

Published 09/29 2016 09:32PM

Updated 09/29 2016 09:32PM

The North Dakota AG Commissioner says dozens of farmers and ranchers are being affected by the DAPL protests.

And it's hurting their work. 
 
Commissioner Doug Goehring says farmers have seen their fences cut, hay stolen, and have been run off the road by protesters. 
 
Goehring says some have also experienced altercations and intimidation. 
 
He says it's made an already difficult year for farmers even tougher. 
 
"Markets are depressed. Economic conditions on the farm are so bad right now. People are feeling the anxieties and the tensions and the stress and they have all this going on," Goehring said. 

Goehring says custom harvesters have refused to come in and help farmers in the area over fear for their equipment. 

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