Greg Kessel, producer from Belfield, N.D., elected NCC Chairperson and NCI Director Mark Weber announces retirement.
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Northern Crops Council Elects Officers
Fargo, N.D., USA (June 20, 2017) – Greg Kessel, a producer from Belfield, N.D., was elected the new chairperson of the Northern Crops Council (NCC) at the reorganizational meeting on June 15, 2017. Kessel serves in the North Dakota Barley Council’s permanent seat of the NCC. He began his first council term in 2013.  

Tregg Cronin, a producer from Gettysburg, S.D., was elected the new vice chairperson of the NCC. He serves as a representative for the S.D. Wheat Commission on the NCC. Cronin started his first term with the NCC this year.  



NCC welcomes newly elected and appointed members
The NCC welcomes newly elected members Cronin and Mark Martinson, a producer from Rolette, N.D., representing the U.S. Durum Growers Association.  

The NCC also would like to welcome newly appointed members Ben Vig, a producer from Sharon, N.D., who serves in the N.D. Oilseed Council’s permanent seat of the NCC and Derik Pulvermacher, a producer from Crosby, N.D., who serves in the N.D. Soybean Council’s permanent seat of the NCC.  
NCC thanks outgoing members
The NCC thanks the following outgoing council members for their service commitment to the Northern Crops Institute: John Bartsch, Kelley Bean Company who served as an industry representative from Maple Grove, Minn. (not pictured); Chet Edinger, producer from Mitchell, S.D., who represented the S.D. Wheat Commission; and Perry Ostmo, producer from Sharon, N.D., who represented the N.D. Soybean Council.
NCI Director Mark Weber presents
Chet Edinger , producer from Mitchell, S.D., who represented the S.D. Wheat Commission on the NCC, an engraved clock for his service.
NCI Director Mark Weber presents
Perry Ostmo , producer from Sharon, N.D., who represented the N.D. Soybean Council on the NCC, an engraved clock for his service.
President and CEO Keith Peltier of Proseed, who serves as an industry representative on the council, was also recognized for his service as chairperson. Peltier has served since 2012, and will continue as council member until June 2018.  

The eighteen-member NCC is comprised of seven seats that are permanently occupied by the NDSU President, North Dakota Commissioner of Agriculture, President of the North Dakota Mill and representatives of the North Dakota Wheat Commission, North Dakota Oilseed Council, North Dakota Barley Council and the North Dakota Soybean Council. The additional 11 seats are filled by producers and food/feed processors from Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota and South Dakota, who gain seats on the Council through election by permanent members.  
Weber announces retirement
NCI Director Mark Weber announced his plans to retire at the NCC reorganizational meeting on June 15, 2017. Weber's last day as director will be December 31, 2017. A search committee will be appointed by NCC Chairman Greg Kessel and interviews will be conducted early fall of 2017.  
Northern Crops Institute (NCI) 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. NCI is funded by the states of Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota and commodity groups in those states and Montana.