Northern Crops Institute Boards Elect Officers

July 7, 2009

Northern Crops Institute Boards Elect Officers

Dan Wiltse, ND Oilseed Council, Elected Northern Crops Council Chair
John McLean, Cargill Inc., Re-elected Industry Advisory Board Chair

Fargo, N.D., USA -- Dan Wiltse, a producer from Lisbon, N.D., was elected Chair of the Northern Crops Council (NCC) at their reorganizational meeting June 29, 2009. The Northern Crops Council is the eighteen-member governing body of the Northern Crops Institute, Fargo, N.D., USA.

Wiltse, who represents the North Dakota Oilseed Council, is serving his second three-year term on the NCC. 

Laird Larson, a producer from Clark, S.D., will continue on the NCC as Past Chair.  He represents the South Dakota Wheat Commission.

The Northern Crops Council elected David Clough, a producer from Fessenden, N.D., as NCC Vice-Chair. Clough represents the ND Wheat Commission. He began his first three-year term on the NCC in 2007.

Karolyn Zurn, a producer from Callaway, Minn., joined the Northern Crops Council this year.  She represents the Minnesota Soybean Growers Association.

Claude Richard, a producer from Fargo, N.D., begins his second three-year term in the permanent NCC seat held by the North Dakota Soybean Council.

The NCC recognized Mark Askegaard, a producer from Fargo, N.D., for his six years of service. Askegaard represented the Minnesota Soybean Research and Promotion Council.

Six seats on the NCC 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.  In addition, producers and processors from Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota and South Dakota gain seats on the Council through election by the permanent members.

At the Industry Advisory Board (IAB) meeting June 30, 2009, John McLean, Cargill, West Fargo, N.D., was re-elected to a third term as Chair.

Alan Slater from Busch Agricultural Resources, West Fargo, N.D., joined the IAB this year.  

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.