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Forum staff reports, Published July 26 2012

Heitkamp taps North Dakota ag leader as policy adviser

FARGO – A notable name in North Dakota agriculture is joining Democrat Heidi Heitkamp’s Senate campaign as a senior policy adviser.

Robert Carlson will be advising Heitkamp on agricultural policy as he continues serving as president of the World Farmers Organisation in Rome, Heitkamp’s campaign announced Thursday.

Before joining the WFO in 2011, Carlson served as president of the North Dakota Farmers Union for 14 years and vice president for 10 years before that.

Aside from his position with the WFO, Carlson also currently serves as director for international relations for the National Farmers Union.

“I’ve known Robert a long time, and he brings with him decades of experience in the agricultural community and a depth and breadth of knowledge on agricultural issues that is second to none,” Heitkamp said in a statement. “I couldn’t be happier to have Robert’s advice and counsel on all issues related to agriculture and trade.”