Goehring appoints new marketing/information director

BISMARCK – Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring has appointed Kathryn L. “Katie” Pinke as the director of the marketing and information division in the North Dakota Department of Agriculture (NDDA).

“Katie brings a wealth of experience in both marketing and communications,” said Goehring. “She is well-known and highly respected in the U.S. agricultural industry as a communicator and advocate for American farmers and ranchers. I am delighted that she is taking a leadership role at the agriculture department.”

A native of Aneta, Pinke earned a communications degree in 2002 from the University of North Dakota where she also worked as marketing assistant in the athletic department. After graduation, she joined Flint Communications as manager of new business. She joined AdFarm, an integrated agricultural marketing and communications company owned by Flint Communications. Since 2004, Pinke has worked in AdFarm roles as director of business development and strategic lead.

“She has done some remarkable projects for AdFarm, including marketing and promotional campaigns for major agricultural companies across North America” Goehring said. “I am particularly impressed with her skill in using the latest communications technologies to tell the story of agriculture.”

In her new position, Pinke will oversee NDDA marketing, public information, policy development and research.

Goehring said the hiring completes the reorganization of NDDA begun last year. The marketing and information division includes the former business development division, as well as the public information and policy development specialists.

Pinke and her husband, Nathan, reside in Wishek where Nathan owns and operates a family business. They have three children.