David Clough, a producer from Fessenden, N.D., was elected the new chair of the Northern Crops Council at their Nov. 24 meeting. The Northern Crops Council is the governing board of the Northern Crops Institute.
Clough represents the North Dakota Wheat Commission. He began his first three-year term on the council in 2007.
Robert Majkrzak, Red River Commodities Inc., was elected council vice chair. Majkrzak fills a food processor seat on the council. His first term on the council began in 2007.
Clough succeeds Dan Wiltse, who died in a tragic farm accident on Oct. 22. Wiltse, a producer from Lisbon, N.D., was elected council chair in June. Wiltse represented the North Dakota Oilseed Council.
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 permanently occupy six seats on the council. Producers and food processors from Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota and South Dakota, who gain seats on the council through election by the permanent members, fill the additional 11 seats.
The 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. Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota and commodity groups in those states and Montana fund the institute.