- Associated Press - Thursday, May 28, 2015

FARGO, N.D. (AP) - Women in agriculture was the focus of a discussion at the Fargo campus of the North Dakota State College of Science.

U.S. Sens. Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota and Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota and U.S. Deputy Agriculture Secretary Krysta Harden led the discussion on Thursday at the College of Science Skills and Technology Auditorium.

They encouraged women to take on leadership roles in the agricultural industry and to work proactively in addressing roadblocks to their success. Heitkamp says women make up one-tenth of principal farm operators in North Dakota, compared to 30 percent nationwide.

Women leaders in the ag industry from across North Dakota also were on hand for the discussion.

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