Mark Jirik


NCI Director


As NCI Director, some of Jirik’s responsibilities include:

  • Provide administrative leadership for Institute’s fiscal, personnel, and program efforts

  • Secure state and private funding

  • Lead public relations efforts with regional, national and international partners

  • Maintain contact with commodity groups, food processing industries, trade organizations, professional organizations, private sector representatives

  • Consult with Northern Crops Council (NCC) for Institute direction

  • Implement policies and procedures to comply with Institute, state and federal regulations

Bachelor of Science in agricultural economics, North Dakota State University, Fargo, N.D.

Master of Science in agricultural economics, University of Illinois, Urbana, Ill.

Jirik has more than 17 years of experience in commodity merchandising and commercial management at Cargill.