FARGO, N.D. - The North Dakota Corn Utilization Council has announced that Jean Henning will serve as executive director.

Henning had served as interim director of the Corn Utilization Council since January, following the death of Dale Ihry, who served as executive director of the North Dakota Corn Utilization Council and the North Dakota Growers Association. Ihry died Jan. 3 from complications with an autoimmune disease. The North Dakota Corn Growers Association earlier announced the hiring of Lisa Hochhalter as its executive director.

“We are grateful for Jean’s leadership as interim executive director since January,” said Terry Wehlander, chairman of the council. “Jean has been with North Dakota Corn for four years, and we look forward to continuing to work with her as we further the mission of the Council to create a healthy, profitable business climate for the northern corn industry.”

"We are excited to look for innovative new opportunities and ways to expand the market for North Dakota corn through research, education and promotion." Henning said. “I look forward to working with our partnering organizations to maximize value for North Dakota corn farmers.”

Henning will oversee the effective operation of the North Dakota Corn Utilization Council. She will be responsible for administering the corn checkoff assessment programming in North Dakota as well as investing and leveraging North Dakota Corn Checkoff resources for the funding of research, education and market development.

The North Dakota Corn Utilization Council was created in 1991 and consists of 7 members representing seven districts. The NDCUC oversees how North Dakota’s corn checkoff dollars are spent on research, education and promotion of corn and corn products.