Dale Ihry is the Executive Director for the ND Corn Utilization Council and the North Dakota Corn Growers Association. Dale spent over 30 years with the Farm Service Agency (FSA) in North Dakota. He was Director in Charge of the Agricultural Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs for FSA for the state of North Dakota. As a program director, he was responsible for planning and carrying out all aspects of the ARC and PLC programs in North Dakota. His position at FSA required close working relationships with other federal USDA agencies, the U.S. Attorney’s Office, State government agencies, the Governor’s office, congressional offices, commodity groups and agricultural media.
Dale is a graduate of Moorhead State University, with a degree in Business Administration. He was born and raised on the family farm that produced wheat, feed, grain, sunflowers and cattle near Hope, N.D. Dale and his wife Brenda, reside in Fargo. He has 3 children and 2 grandchildren.
Finance and Research Director
Jean Henning is the Finance and Research Director for the ND Corn Utilization Council. Jean is a graduate of St. Catherine University in St. Paul, MN with a degree in Accounting. She has more than 20 years of accounting experience in the manufacturing and service industries.
Jean and her husband John reside in Fargo. Jean has 4 children, 1 in high school and 3 in College. Her hobbies include biking, working out and cross country skiing in the winter. She is active in her children’s school and her church.
Katelyn Blackwelder is the Communications Director for the ND Corn Utilization Council. She grew up on a dairy and crop farm in Chokio, MN where her family milks 310 cows and grows 2,000 acres of corn, soybeans, wheat and alfalfa.
Katelyn served as an ambassador for Minnesota’s dairy farmers as a finalist for Princess Kay of the Milky Way in 2013. As 1 of 12 finalists, she had her likeness carved in a 90 pound block of butter at the Minnesota State Fair.
Katelyn graduated from North Dakota State University with degrees in Agricultural Communication and Public Relations & Advertising. She was previously employed at the Red River Valley Fair Association as the Agriculture Education Coordinator.