A Wisconsin native with years of international business expertise has been named director of the state's center for helping farmers reach the global market.

Jack Heinemann is the new director of the International Agribusiness Center, a bureau of the Division of Agricultural Development in the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection.

The center provides education, technical assistance and support to help Wisconsin farms and agribusinesses reach new international markets, DATCP said in a news release.

Heinemann is a native of the Fox River Valley, earning a bachelor's degree at UW-Madison and his MBA at UW-Oshkosh.

He most recently served as executive director of the Wisconsin Security Research Consortium, and has developed export markets and opportunities in manufacturing.

The International Agribusiness Center has been around for 50 years, helping develop business plans for the state's food and agriculture industry looking to export their goods and services.

This article was originally published in the Wisconsin State Journal.