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.