Goehring names Bodine as deputy commissioner

BISMARCK – Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring has appointed Velva farmer Tom Bodine as deputy commissioner in the North Dakota Department of Agriculture (NDDA).

“Tom's agricultural background, coupled with his administrative, personnel management and motivational skills, make him a good fit for the job,” Goehring said. “I am very pleased that he was available to take on these responsibilities. I believe he has a way of bringing out the best in people”

Bodine appointment takes effect as Deputy Commissioner Bob Christman is taking six months leave from the department. As deputy commissioner, Bodine will oversee the organization of NDDA and its day-to-day operations.

A Minot native, Bodine graduated from Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, NC. He returned to North Dakota in 1996 to work with his brother on the family farm. He has also been working with the North Dakota Farm Bureau as a leadership development assistant working in 25 counties. He has served as a Velva city commissioner and on other local boards and commissions. 

Bodine and his wife, Kerry, and their three children, Ryan, Caroline and Hank, live in Velva.