Fargo, N.D. — Northern Crops Institute (NCI) announced two recent additions to the organization’s team. Neil C. Doty, Ph.D., was named NCI’s technical director in a consulting capacity and Betsy Armour was appointed to communications & public relations manager.
“I am pleased that Neil and Betsy are part of the NCI team. Neil will provide expertise to our technical programs and Betsy will serve as our communications liaison to agribusinesses, legislators, commodity groups and media,” NCI Director Mark Weber said. “Their combined experience will help support NCI as we continue to promote northern grown crops globally.”
Doty will play a key role at the NCI and will be responsible for providing technical service programs in support of market development along with promotional efforts for northern grown crops into both domestic and export markets. “Neil will be an essential part of our efforts in NCI’s mission to continue to conduct technical programs to expand global markets for northern grown crops,” Weber said.
Doty has been actively involved in business development since 1994 through his consulting firm, N.C. Doty & Associates, LLC. As the consulting technical director to NCI, “Neil will bring a broad spectrum of technical, financial and operational knowledge for the successful planning and establishment of NCI in the global marketplace,” Weber said.
Doty received his Doctorate in cereal chemistry and technology from North Dakota State University and a Master of Business Administration degree from Minnesota State University, Moorhead, Minn. He has been involved in business investment and chief executive management roles with Global Electric Motorcars, LLC, Fargo, N.D. and Sonne Labs, Inc., Wahpeton, N.D. “I’m looking forward to the numerous opportunities and prospects that NCI has to expand product development and education that will continue to support crops grown in our northern region,” Doty said. “It is a pleasure to be able to be located on the NDSU campus and work with not only NCI’s technical team, but also with NDSU’s scientists and faculty.”
Armour will direct communications and public relations efforts to enhance NCI’s message and outreach efforts. She graduated from Minnesota State University, Moorhead with a Bachelor's degree in mass communications concentrating in public relations. “We are fortunate to have Betsy joining our team. She will bring an energized and focused approach to NCI’s communications and public relations efforts,” Weber said.
Prior to being hired at NCI, Armour was the manager of communications for the North Dakota Corn Utilization Council (NDCUC) and North Dakota Corn Growers Association (NDCGA). She assisted both organizations with a successful effort to bring the National Genotyping Center to North Dakota and she was the project manager for their new American Ethanol Rewards App, which is scheduled to be launched in the near future. “I am excited to work with the NCI team,” Armour said. “I am passionate about NCI’s vision and values and I look forward to communicating their rich local to global story. My background in agricultural communications will help spread the word about NCI and get the job done,” Armour asserted.
Northern Crops Institute (NCI) supports regional agriculture and value-added processing by conducting educational and technical programs that expand and maintain domestic and international markets for northern-grown crops. NCI is funded by the states of Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota and commodity groups in those states and Montana.