Goehring to head midwest ag department group

INDIANAPOLIS, IN – North Dakota Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring is the new president of the Midwest Association of State Departments of Agriculture (MASDA).

Goehring was elected Monday, during the group's annual meeting in Indianapolis. He succeeds Joe Kelsay, director of the Indiana State Department of Agriculture.

“This is shaping up to be a very important year for American agriculture, especially in regard to the Farm Bill,” Goehring said. “I look forward to leading the discussion on policy issues significantly affecting Midwestern farmers and ranchers, including food safety and an increasing need for ag labor.”

Also elected were Jamie Clover Adams, director of the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, as vice-president, and Kansas Secretary of Agriculture Dale Rodman as secretary/treasurer.

MASDA is 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.

Goehring said the next annual meeting of MASDA will be in June 2013 in Medora.

Also on Monday, Goehring was elected vice president of the Food Export Association of the Midwest USA. Kelsay was elected president and Adams secretary/treasurer.

A non-profit organization that promotes the export of food and agricultural products from the midwestern region, Food Export Midwest in conjunction with its member states, provides a wide range of services to facilitate trade between local food suppliers and importers around the world. These services include export promotion, customized export assistance and a cost-share funding program.