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Political debate season underway

BISMARCK, ND. (KCND) -- The two candidates for North Dakota Agriculture Commissioner squared off in their first formal debate in Bismarck.

Republican incumbent Doug Goehring and Democratic challenger Ryan Taylor talked about agriculture and energy policy.

The agriculture commissioner is a member of the state Industrial Commission, which oversees oil and gas development.

And Goehring said North Dakota does very well in balancing energy and agriculture.

But Taylor said the rules may be good - but they’re not enforced.

Taylor also chided Goehring for a high staff turnover rate in the state agriculture department.

But Goehring says many of those were retirements, and others went to higher-paying jobs in private industry.