Fargo, N.D., USA – Robert Majkrzak, President and CEO of Red River Commodities, Fargo, N.D., was elected chair of the Northern Crops Council (NCC) at their reorganizational meeting on June 28, 2011. The NCC is the governing board of the Northern Crops Institute (NCI), Fargo, N.D. Majkrzak represents processors and marketers of food and feed products. He joined the Northern Crops Council in 2007.
Karolyn Zurn, a producer from Callaway, Minn., was elected NCC vice chair. Zurn represents the Minnesota Soybean Growers Association. Her first term on the NCC began in 2009.
Several new members joined the Northern Crops Council. Mike Beltz, a producer from Hillsboro, N.D., will fill the permanent seat held by the North Dakota Soybean Council. Chet Edinger, a producer from Mitchell, S.D., will represent the South Dakota Wheat Commission. Milo Mattelin, a producer from Culbertson, Mont., was re-elected to the NCC by the Montana Wheat and Barley Committee. Jay Romsa, General Mills, LeSueur, Minn., will also represent processors and marketers of food and feed products. Kevin Skunes, a producer from Arthur, N.D., was re-elected to the NCC by the North Dakota Corn Utilization Council. Arnold Woodbury, a producer from Wyndmere, N.D., will fill the permanent seat held by the North Dakota Oilseed Council.
The Northern Crops Council is composed of six seats that are permanently occupied by the NDSU President, N.D. Commissioner of Agriculture, and representatives of the N.D. Wheat Commission, N.D. Oilseed Council, N.D. Barley Council, and N.D. Soybean Council. The additional eleven seats are filled by producers and food processors from Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota and South Dakota, who gain seats on the Council through election by the permanent members.
At the Industry Advisory Board (IAB) meeting on June 27, 2011, John McLean, Cargill, West Fargo, N.D., was re-elected to his fifth term as Chair.
The Industry Advisory Board advises NCI staff on educational programming and technical services. The board draws its members from the agricultural supply and processing industry and the grain trade in Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota and the region.
Northern Crops Institute 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.