25 Mar ND Soybean Council Welcomes Jena Bjertness as Director of Market Development
FARGO, ND — The North Dakota Soybean Council (NDSC) is excited to announce the addition of Jena Bjertness as director of market development to their staff team, effective March 25, 2020.
“The NDSC is very pleased to have Jena Bjertness join our team as the Director of Market Development,” says NDSC Executive Director Stephanie Sinner. “This position serves a critical role supporting the North Dakota soybean producers and the industry. Jena brings to the position true passion and enthusiasm for working for North Dakota soybean producers. Jena’s expertise will help our producers succeed in promoting North Dakota soybeans around the world. We are delighted to have Jena on our staff!”
Bjertness is originally from Vermillion, Minnesota. In 2015, she received a master’s degree from North Dakota State University in animal science (emphasis nutrition). She also holds a bachelor’s degree in animal science and microbiology from North Dakota State University. Most recently, Bjertness was program manager at Northern Crops Institute and was tasked with managing soy industry relationships and programming. Bjertness’s background also includes technical laboratory experience in several livestock feed testing labs, and internships involving livestock extension programming. She has experience with livestock nutrition, global soybean markets and managing commodity-related programming.
“I am excited to join the North Dakota Soybean Council staff as their director of market development,” says Bjertness. “I have seen firsthand the valuable work checkoff dollars can do for grain marketing and exports. This knowledge will enable me to foster new relationships that continue to utilize soybean checkoff dollars in their most lucrative manner. I am also excited to continue my work with the national soybean organizations.”
North Dakota soybean farmers across the state are represented on the North Dakota Soybean Council Board, which oversees a grass roots promotion, research and marketing program funded by soybean checkoff dollars. The Council’s mission is to effectively invest and leverage North Dakota soy checkoff resources to maximize the benefits of North Dakota soy. The Council is organized by North Dakota State law.