The Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) and the Minnesota Corn Research & Promotion Council (MCR&PC) has named Adam Birr, Ph.D., Executive Director of both organizations.
As executive director of MCGA, Birr will lead an organization that is more than 7,100 members strong and represents the interests of Minnesota’s 25,000 corn farmers. His leadership of MCR&PC will involve oversight of the efficient and effective administration of Minnesota’s corn check-off.
Birr has served as MCGA’s Research Director since March of 2013 and will begin as Executive Director on Oct. 1.
“The opportunity to lead an organization that amplifies the voice of Minnesota’s corn farmers is an honor,” Birr said. “Corn farmers face new challenges every day. Their continued commitment, through MCGA and MCR&PC, to stewardship, research, consumer engagement, renewable fuels and value-added agriculture will help overcome those challenges.”
Before joining MCGA, Birr worked for six years as the Water Research Coordinator at the Minnesota Department of Agriculture. After growing up in rural Michigan and receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science from Calvin College, Birr moved to Minnesota in 1998 and earned Master of Science and Ph.D. degrees in Water Resources Sciences from the University of Minnesota. He is currently an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Soil, Water and Climate at the U of M.
As MCGA Research Director, Birr oversaw a corn farmer-funded research portfolio that totaled $4 million annually and focused on helping farmers protect water quality, improve soil fertility, find new uses for corn and expand biofuels markets.
“Adam is a smart, innovative and strong leader with a passion for moving corn farming forward,” said MCGA President Ryan Buck, a farmer in Goodhue. “MCGA has grown over the years and that growth is continuing. We’ve strengthened our organization in several key areas. I have no doubt that under Adam’s leadership, our organization will become an even stronger advocate and resource for Minnesota’s corn farmers.”