Members of the Northern Crops Council elected Robert Majkrzak as chair at their reorganizational meeting on June 28. He is president and chief executive officer of Red River Commodities, Fargo. The Northern Crops Council is the governing board of the Northern Crops Institute in Fargo.
Majkrzak represents processors and marketers of food and feed products. He joined the council in 2007.
Karolyn Zurn, a producer from Callaway, Minn., was elected vice chair. Zurn represents the Minnesota Soybean Growers Association. Her first term on the council began in 2009.
The council is composed of six seats that are permanently occupied by the NDSU president, North Dakota Commissioner of Agriculture and representatives of the North Dakota Wheat Commission, North Dakota Oilseed Council, North Dakota Barley Council and North Dakota Soybean Council. An additional 11 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.
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 council by the Montana Wheat and Barley Committee. Jay Romsa, General Mills, LeSueur, Minn., also will represent processors and marketers of food and feed products. Kevin Skunes, a producer from Arthur, N.D., was re-elected to the council 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.
At the Industry Advisory Board meeting on June 27, John McLean, Cargill, West Fargo, was re-elected to his fifth term as chair.
The Industry Advisory Board advises Northern Crops Institute 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.