Kirk to head Grains Foundation for USGC

by Emily Wilson
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WASHINGTON, D.C., U.S. — Agribusiness leader William "Bill" Kirk is to head the Grains Foundation, which was established by the U.S. Grains Council to advance understanding of the importance of international trade to U.S. agriculture.

The foundation will undertake activities in three broad areas — education, biomass and economic development — to advance the understanding of all participants of the value of their involvement in trade and economic development among countries.

Kirk brings to the foundation 37 years of experience in the agricultural businesses of the DuPont Company. Rising from positions in sales, marketing development and management, he served as vice president of the company’s U.S.$600 million global crop protection group.

Kirk’s vision for the group included expanding operations to include biotechnology research and development, and food

ingredients. His efforts turned the group into U.S.$4.5 billion agricultural enterprise, through internal growth and acquisitions.

A former chairman of the Farm Foundation and former president of the Agriculture Council of America, Kirk’s leadership experience will be beneficial as he leads the foundation in its education and outreach efforts, the U.S. Grains Council officials said.