September 6, 2022

Incumbent North Dakota Agriculture Commissioner and challenger Fintan Dooley will engage in a debate Thursday, Sept. 15, 2022 at 6:30 p.m. in the Classroom Building Auditorium at Mayville State University, Mayville, N.D. Longtime Grand Forks, N.D. television personality Terry Dullum will moderate. The debate is sponsored by Mayville State Politically Active College Students organization.

About Doug Goehring

A third-generation farmer, Doug Goehring, along with his son, Dustin, operates a 2,800-acre, no-till farm near Menoken in south central North Dakota, where they raise corn, soybeans, spring wheat, sunflowers, and barley. In the past, the Goehrings have also produced winter wheat, durum, canola, mustard, millet, safflower, alfalfa, lentils and field peas, and have had a feeder cattle operation.

Long active in farm organizations, Goehring has served as vice president of the North Dakota Farm Bureau and is a member of the North Dakota Stockmen's Association, the North Dakota Grain Growers, the North Dakota Soybean Association, the North Dakota Corn Growers Association and the National Association of Corporate Directors. An early supporter of agriculture-based, renewable fuels, he is an investor in the Red Trail Energy Ethanol Plant at Richardton, N.D.

Goehring is past president of the Midwestern Association of State Departments of Agriculture. He is a former director of the United Soybean Board where he served as chairman of the sustainability committee, domestic research committee, industrial uses and international marketing committee. He was a former director of the North Dakota Soybean Council, a former secretary/treasurer of the North Dakota Grain Growers Association and a member of USDA’s Area 4 Research Farm Steering Committee. He is the former president of the Menoken School Board and a past member of the Bismarck Mandan Chamber Agriculture Committee.

Goehring has served as the North Dakota Agriculture Commissioner since 2009. He attended Bismarck State College and is a licensed medical laboratory technician.

About Fintan Dooley

Fin Dooley's grandparents were North Dakota homesteaders who claimed portions of Assiniboine and Sisseton lands in McHenry and Benson counties. Fin grew up here, with two parents who were educators. Fin took a Bachelor of Science degree in botany and chemistry from North Dakota State University in 1968. He has served the United States Department of Agriculture in two internships, one involving range land management and the other involving wheat breeding. He taught science and coached track while he awaited the Vietnam Era Draft. He is an honorably discharged United States Army veteran paratrooper and Syrian-Arabic linguist.

Upon his discharge, he earned his Juris Doctor degree from the University of North Dakota in 1975 and his Master of Education degree from Lesley University in 2005. He has had a career as an attorney in the Bismarck area with a wide area of focuses. He is the Democratic-NPL endorsed candidate for Agriculture Commissioner for the State of North Dakota. 

About Terry Dullum

Terry Dullum completed a nearly 40-year career as anchor, producer, and reporter with WDAZ-TV in Grand Forks, N.D. He was part of a newsroom that won a national Edward R. Murrow Award and an Upper Midwest Regional Emmy Award. He was the anchor and producer of WDAZ News@5. More than 800 episodes of his popular video essay series, The Dullum File, aired on WDAZ and WDAY-TV in Fargo. A North Dakota native and graduate of the University of North Dakota, he is a popular speaker and emcee.