The UMC Chapter of Collegiate FFA held its 2018 banquet Jan. 12 at Erickson’s Smokehouse in Fertile.

Mark Jirik, a Mahnomen native and the keynote speaker, worked for years at Cargill, spending time in Australia, and recently accepted a position as the director of the Northern Crops Institute based at North Dakota State University. Originally from the Mahnomen FFA chapter, Jirik is active in the Minnesota FFA Alumni Association, serving as Region I director.