Ranch group opposes Burgum military facility expansion plan

Published 12-09-2018

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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota's biggest rancher organization is opposing a plan by Gov. Doug Burgum to expand a training center in a sparsely populated northeastern county.

The National Guard wants to purchase 6,000 acres from private landowners in Eddy County to expand its Camp Grafton Training Center-South. The military says it's needed in part to handle longer-range and deadlier ammunition.

Burgum's budget plan calls for using $15 million from the state's voter-approved oil tax savings account to fund the project.

But some farmers and ranchers worry about the safety of their families and livestock, and increased noise.

The North Dakota Stockmen's Association passed a resolution stating that private agricultural land should not be taken out of production and sold to government.

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