Goehring Is New N.D. Ag Commissioner

Gov. Hoeven names a Republican to replace Roger Johnson.

Published on: Apr 6, 2009

North Dakota Gov. John Hoeven today named Doug Goehring, Menoken, N.D., the state's new Agriculture Commissioner.

Goehring, a Republican, will replace Roger Johnson, a Democrat, who resigned to become president of the National Farmers Union. Goehring ran against Johnson in 2004 and 2006 and lost.

"Doug brings a background in farming, research, renewable fuels, exports and other valuable business experience to the agency," Gov Hoeven said in a statement released by his office. "His background and his character reflect a healthy combination of progressive thinking and traditional values to the job, which is a good fit for North Dakota's agriculture community."

A third-generation farmer, Goehring operates a 2,000 acre farm and raises corn, soybeans, spring wheat field peas, canola winter wheat and alfalfa. He is a former president of Nodak Mutual Insurance Co. and a former director of the American Ag Insurance Co. He is also a member and investor in the Red Trail Energy Ethanol Plant in Richardton.

He is currently a director of the United States Soybean Export Council; director of the United Soybean Board; director of the North Dakota Soybean Council; and secretary/treasurer of the North Dakota Grain Growers Association. He is also a member of the North Dakota Stockman's Association; North Dakota Farm Bureau; and the North Dakota Soybean Association.

"My goal for North Dakota agriculture is to encourage innovation and maximize opportunity for all aspects of production agriculture -- from traditional livestock and grain production to sugar beets and the specialty grains sector in our state," Goehring says. "I want the North Dakota Department of Agriculture to be a vital resource for both producers and consumers, ensuring that our state continues to grow a prime producer of food, fiber, feed and fuel not just in America, but in the world."

Source: ND Office of Governor