FARGO, N.D. — An agriculture support center located at North Dakota State University has added a program manager.

Northern Crops Institute officials say Jena Bjertness (JEHN'-uh BYURT'-nuhs) will help develop educational programs to promote northern grown crops to global grain buyers and food processors.

Bjertness, who is originally from Vermillion, Minnesota, has a degree in animal science.

The Northern Crops Institute is funded by the states of North Dakota, South Dakota and Minnesota, as well as commodity groups in those states and Montana. It helps promote domestic and international markets for regional crops.