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Mark Jirik hired as director of Northern Crops Institute

FARGO, N.D. -- The Northern Crops Institute has hired Mark Jirik as director. Jirik replaces Mark Weber, who is retiring from NCI in December after serving as director for 6 years.

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FARGO, N.D. - The Northern Crops Institute has hired Mark Jirik as director. Jirik replaces Mark Weber, who is retiring from NCI in December after serving as director for 6 years.

Jirik holds a bachelor's degree in agricultural economics from North Dakota State University, and a master's degree in agricultural economics from the University of Illinois. He has more than 17 years of experience in commodity merchandising and commercial management at Cargill.

Northern Crops Council Chairman Greg Kessel, a producer from Belfield, N.D., says, "The Council is confident that Mark is the right choice to lead NCI. His education, skills and experience will provide NCI the necessary leadership to continue to enhance its well-established global reputation for the promotion of northern-grown crops."

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