Goehring names Bodine as deputy commissioner

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

“I am very pleased that Tom is returning to the Agriculture Department,” Goehring said. “His agricultural background and his previous experience with the department, as well as his administrative, management and motivational skills, will all be put to good use.” 

First appointed deputy commissioner in June 2012, Bodine resigned in December to work as director of public policy for the North Dakota Farm Bureau.

As deputy commissioner, Bodine will oversee the organization of NDDA and its day-to-day operations. Goehring said Ken Junkert, who has served as acting deputy since January, will remain NDDA's director of administrative services.

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 also worked as a leadership development assistant for Farm Bureau. He has served as a Velva city commissioner and on other local boards and commissions.