Goehring appoints local foods specialist

BISMARCK – Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring has appointed Amanda Godfread as the local foods specialist in the North Dakota Department of Agriculture (NDDA).

“In just four years, the local foods initiative has reached out to thousands of North Dakotans, connecting them to local foods and farmers, while providing farmers and ranchers across the state with opportunities to diversify their production and income,” Goehring said. “Amanda's considerable background and remarkable experience in public relations, communications and marketing will be put to good use in further developing and promoting this program.”

Godfread will organize and conduct regional meetings, as well as an annual statewide conference, with community leaders on further developing the local foods initiative. She will prepare informational and promotional materials, provide technical assistance to communities, and coordinate efforts of farmers, buyers, suppliers and local government in planning local foods programs and projects. 

Goehring said Godfread will also work as a writer, publication designer and website editor.

She will report to Katie Pinke, NDDA's director of marketing and information.

A native of Burnsville, MN, Godfread earned a degree in communications from the University of North Dakota. Following graduation, she joined the UND Alumni Association and Foundation, serving successively as public information coordinator, director of public information and director of alumni relations and marketing. In 2010, she worked for UND's office of external affairs as managing editor of the university's main website.

Godfread and her husband, Jon, live in Mandan.

NDDA local foods initiative is funded through USDA's specialty crop grant program.