(Posted Fri. Jul 7th, 2017)
The National Corn Growers Association welcomes Dr. Jeffery Mullen who joins the organization as the director of research. Mullen brings diverse and extensive research expertise from both crop production and genetics in biotechnology to the position. Additionally, he offers a proven history of extensive research and development collaborations and relationship building that will benefit the association’s efforts in this area going forward.
“Jeff has a deep background, both academically and professionally, that will help NCGA expand its breadth in the research arena while also looking at projects from a customer’s perspective,” said Vice President of Production and Sustainability Paul Bertels. “Having grown up on a farm in Iowa, he deeply understands what will benefit farm families. This formative experience provides a strong structure which, along with his work throughout the industry and academia, will help us as we further evolve our work in this incredibly important sphere.”
Mullen most recently worked for Deere & Company as principal scientist, manager of agronomic research, leading Deere’s agronomic science and field research design in support of production system innovation teams and engineering platforms globally. He previously worked as a scientist at a wide array of agribusinesses including Valent, Monsanto, Pioneer Hi-Bred International and Stoller Enterprises.
With dual bachelor’s degrees in agronomy and agricultural business from Iowa State University, he earned both a Ph.D. and a master’s in agronomy/crop physiology from Purdue University.