Nebraska Corn Board welcomes Boone McAfee on staff

McAfee HeadshotLINCOLN, NEBRASKA – The Nebraska Corn Board is pleased to announce that Boone McAfee has joined its staff as Director of Market Development & Research.

In this role, McAfee will work on behalf of Nebraska corn farmers and industry to expand market opportunities for Nebraska corn and value-added products both domestically and internationally. He will co-manage the Board’s research programs and establish a working relationship with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and others conducting research on various aspects of corn and its value-added industries to further the use, efficiency, sustainability and development. McAfee will also manage a database of Nebraska corn statistics.

“I look forward to Boone joining our team of staff that has a combined 73 years of agricultural experience,” said Kelly Brunkhorst, Nebraska Corn Board’s new executive director. “With his diverse Nebraska agriculture background, his education and proven leadership, Boone will be a great addition to our staff. With market development and research being two of the four key ‘pillars’ of the Nebraska corn checkoff, I look forward to Boone leading and expanding our efforts in these two areas.”

McAfee grew up on his family farm near Leigh, Nebraska. He earned a B.S. in agricultural economics from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where he was involved as a student ambassador for the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, a research assistant in the agricultural economics department and a teacher’s assistant in the agronomy department. He also held internships with Farm Credit Serves of America and Dow AgroSciences/Mycogen Seeds.

“I am very excited to be joining the Nebraska Corn Board staff,” said McAfee. “Having grown up on my family’s farm in Nebraska, I consider it a huge opportunity to support the agriculture industry through research and promotion of one of the state’s most valuable resources. I look forward to working alongside and learning from the team on staff, the board members, and Nebraska’s corn farmers.”

McAfee started his new position on August 11.

The Nebraska Corn Board’s market development, research, promotion and education programs are funded and managed by Nebraska corn farmers. Producers invest at a rate of 1/2 of a cent per bushel of corn sold. Nebraska corn checkoff funds are invested in programs of market development, research and education.

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