Northrop returns to North Dakota Stockmen’s Association’s livestock law enforcement team

North Dakota Stockmen’s Association
Farm Forum

The North Dakota Stockmen’s Association (NDSA) welcomes the return of Blaine Northrop to the state’s livestock law enforcement team. Northrop will serve as a deputy, supporting livestock law enforcement efforts statewide while working with local and market brand inspectors, law enforcement officials and producers to protect against livestock loss and theft and to enforce the state’s brand laws.

Northrop grew up west of Fairfield, N.D., and worked on ranches south of Fryburg and Medora, N.D., before joining the NDSA team as inspector-in-charge at the livestock markets in Dickinson, N.D., in 1992. Two years later, he was promoted to the NDSA’s law enforcement team, serving as the west river fieldman for 15 years. In 2008, Northrop moved to Elko, Nev., where he worked for the Nevada Department of Agriculture as the agricultural enforcement and brand inspection supervisor. He returns to North Dakota after nine years in that role.

“It’s good to be back in North Dakota, reconnecting with old friends and colleagues,” Northrop said. “I look forward to assisting producers with livestock cases around the state and appreciate the opportunity to return to my home state.”

“Blaine has a long history in livestock law enforcement, both in North Dakota and Nevada, and is well respected across North America,” said Stan Misek, NDSA chief brand inspector. “We are excited to welcome him back to our team.”

The NDSA’s brand inspection team includes four licensed peace officers, more than 20 full-time and part-time brand inspectors and more than 150 local inspectors.