Minnesota Soybean Names New Director of Research

Minnesota Soybean is pleased to announce the addition of Dr. David Pazdernik as Director of Research.

PazdernikPazdernik holds a Ph.D. in Plant Breeding and Genetics from the University of Minnesota. He also has a Master’s in Plant Physiology from North Dakota State University and a Bachelor of Science in Agronomy and Plant Science.

Pazdernik studied under Dr. Jim Orf and the late Dr. Peter Graham. He has spent the past seven years working for Syngenta Seeds. Before that, he spent eight years with Soygenetics.

“I bring 18 years of soybean breeding and research experience from two universities and three private companies,” Pazdernik said. “My plan is to draw on all of that experience and knowledge to develop the best possible soybean research program at Minnesota Soybean.” 

Minnesota Soybean CEO Tom Slunecka said Pazdernik will have an immediate impact.

“The Minnesota Soybean Research & Promotion Council is tasked with increasing Minnesota soybean farmers’ profitability in part through advancing production capabilities and efficiencies,” he said. “Dr. Pazdernik’s training and experience will make him a valuable member of the MN Soy team and a vital part of the organization.”

Pazdernik started his duties June 1. He will head up the production team, working closely with farmer leaders and industry partners to ensure Minnesota Soybean is investing in projects that will benefit the state’s soybean farmers.

“The opportunities for soybean producers are almost endless as the speed of research and development continues to increase at a rapid pace,” he said. “New ways to control diseases, nematodes and problem weeds are continuing to come to market. New methods of developing soybeans with improved agronomics and yield are continuing to evolve in both the public and private sectors.”

Pazdernik grew up on a dairy farm near Mahnomen, Minn. He and his wife, Nanette, have three children.