David Clough, a producer from Fessenden, N.D., was re-elected chair of the Northern Crops Council (NCC) at its reorganizational meeting on June 29. The NCC is the governing board of the Northern Crops Institute.
Clough represents the North Dakota Wheat Commission. He was elected to his first term as NCC chair in November 2009, succeeding Dan Wiltse from Lisbon, N.D., after Wiltse’s death in a farm accident. Clough began his first three-year term on the NCC in 2007.
Robert Majkrzak, Red River Commodities Inc., was re-elected NCC vice chair. Majkrzak fills a food processor seat on the council. His first term began in 2007.
Six seats on the NCC are permanently occupied by the NDSU President, the 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. The 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.
The 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.