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.
NCGA is taking a series of actions to do our part to help contain the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and the economic fallout it is creating for corn farmers and our customers. Short term, this means instituting policies to protect the health and safety of our stakeholders and the broader communities we serve. Long term, we’re focused on creating solutions to help corn farmers and our customers recover from the financial impacts of this crisis.
CommonGround is a group of farmers connecting with consumers through conversations about science and research and personal stories about food and misinformation surrounding farming. Supported by the NCGA and state corn organizations.
The Soil Health Partnership (SHP) is a farmer-led initiative that fosters transformation in agriculture through improved soil health. Administered by NCGA the partnership has more than 220 working farms enrolled in 16 states. SHP’s mission is to utilize science and data to partner with farmers who are adopting conservation agricultural practices that improve the economic and environmental sustainability of the farm.