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Ag commissioner to ND farmers: Watch out for bogus grain inspectors

An auger is used to load a semi with wheat in Walhalla, N.D. Grand Forks Herald file photo

BISMARCK – North Dakota Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring is warning farmers to look out for people impersonating state employees in order to take photos and samples of grain.

“We’ve received calls from concerned farmers about individuals acting in an official capacity, taking photos and samples of their wheat fields,” Goehring said in a statement. “It was perceived that this individual was from state government, but after inquiries into various state agencies, including NDSU, we’ve not found authorization for any work of this type.”

“If someone stops and asks to take samples from your field or combine, please ask for credentials and the reason why,” Goehring said. “If you feel there is a suspicious person or activity in your neighborhood, please call the local authorities.”

State employees should be able to give their name, the reason for their visit, the department they work for, and provide credentials.