BISMARCK, N.D. — A nonprofit organization aimed at moving North Dakota’s livestock industry forward has hired a leader.

Amber Boeshans has been named executive director of the North Dakota Livestock Alliance. Boeshans previously worked with the state Agriculture Department and has experience as a herd manager and dairy insurance specialist.

The alliance that formed earlier this year includes groups representing the pork, dairy, corn, soybean and ethanol industries, with the support of the Agriculture Department and North Dakota State University.