Goehring appoints two to pesticide program

BISMARCK – Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring has appointed Jonathan (Jon) Krei as pesticide program specialist in the North Dakota Department of Agriculture (NDDA).

“Jon will be responsible for reviewing all department's pesticide inspections and investigations,” Goehring said. “He will also conduct inspections and investigations as assigned, and will manage data associated with the pesticide enforcement program.”

A native of West Fargo, Krei graduated from North Dakota State University with a degree in biological sciences. He worked for Cass County Vector Control for six years before joining NDDA.

He will report to Blake Schaan, NDDA's pesticide enforcement supervisor.

Goehring also said he has appointed Jerry Sauter as an environmental scientist in the pesticide program.

“Jerry previously served in the department as an outreach specialist with the state meat and poultry inspection program,” Goehring said. “When the environmental scientist position opened up, he applied for it because it related better to his academic training.”

A Bismarck native, Sauter graduated from NDSU with a degree in zoology.

Goehring said Sauter will work on pesticide issues related to water quality, threatened and endangered species, and bees.

Sauter will report to Jim Gray, NDDA's pesticide and fertilizer division director.