Goehring elected head of ag export association

MEDORA, ND – Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring has been elected president of the Food Export Association of the Midwest USA (Food Export Midwest).

“Exports are vital to American agriculture, and especially to North Dakota,” Goehring said. “I will be working with the staff of Food Export Midwest to ensure that Midwestern food and commodity exporters have the necessary support to expand our foreign markets.”

Goehring was elected Sunday, during the annual meeting of the Midwestern Association of State Departments of Agriculture (MASDA) in Medora.

Created in 1969, as a cooperative effort between 12 state agricultural promotion agencies and USDA's Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS), the non-profit Food Export Association of the Midwest USA promotes the export of food and agricultural products from the U.S. Midwest.

Through its member states, Food Export-Midwest provides a wide range of services, including export promotion, customized export assistance and a cost-share funding program, to develop trade between local food suppliers and importers around the world.

MASDA and Food Export Midwest are comprised of the state agriculture commissioners, secretaries and directors of North Dakota, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin.

Also during the meeting, Jamie Clover Adams, director of the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, was elected president of MASDA, succeeding Goehring.