Mark Jirik

Mark Jirik, NCI Director

Mark Jirik, NCI Director

NCI Director

Responsibilities: 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.