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    Members and Information about the Michigan Commission of Agriculture and Rural Development

    The Michigan Commission of Agriculture and Rural Development has the responsibility to recommend, and in some cases determine, policy on food, agricultural, and rural development issues. The Commission is a bipartisan body of five citizens appointed by the Governor. 

    State law dictates that no more than three Commission members may be from the same political party. The Commission meets once a month and meetings are open to the public. Citizens and organizations wishing to observe or discuss matters under the Commission's jurisdiction are encouraged to attend.

    Contact Information:

    Michigan Commission
    of Agriculture & Rural Development

    P.O.Box 30017
    Lansing, MI 48909

    517-284-5718 (Voice)
    517-284-5767 (TTY)
    mda-ag-commission@michigan.gov 


    Photoe of Commissoner Diane Hanson Chair, Diane Hanson, Cornell, Michigan

    Diane Hanson was appointed to the commission on January 11, 2011, by Governor Rick Snyder and became chair on January 14, 2014.

    Hanson is a third generation owner and operator of Hanson Seed Farm with her husband Dennis and two sons, Scott and Ted. They raise over 250 acres of seed potatoes, along with small grains, hay, and beef cattle. The farm is known state and nation- wide for seed production.

    She is active in local, state, and national agricultural groups. She was appointed to the U.S. Potato Board in 2010, serves on the FSA committee and the Hiawathaland Farm Bureau as a director and past president, is a member of the Upper Peninsula Potato Growers, the Michigan Potato Industry, and the Potato Growers of Michigan. She coordinates the setup of commodities, farm history and present day farming practices at the Miracle of Life display, which runs during the Upper Peninsula State Fair. She also organizes a farm tour for local, state, and federally elected officials to help educate them on farming in the UP.

    She resides in Cornell, Michigan, with her husband Dennis, they have 6 children and 13 grandchildren. She enjoys gardening, along with taking care of her grandchildren, helping others, and appreciating the good life that she has. Her term term expires December 31, 2014.

    Contact Information:
    3595 26th Road
    Cornell, MI 49818
    906-384-6301 (Office Line 1)
    906-384-6908 (Office Line 2)
    906-384-6908 (Home)
    e-mail: hansfarm@up.net 


    Commissioner Trever MeachumVice Chair, Trever Meachum, Hartford, Michigan

    Trever Meachum was appointed to the commission on January 9, 2012, by Governor Rick Snyder and became vice chair on January 14, 2014.

    Meachum is the production manager for High Acres Fruit Farm, a 3000 acre fruit, vegetable and cash crop farm in Van Buren County.  He farms with his parents and two brothers.  He also serves as the secretary of the Hartford Township Planning Commission.  He is chairman of the Michigan Apple Research Committee and finance chair of the International Fruit Tree Association.  He is a member of the Michigan Agricultural Cooperative Association (MACMA Apple Committee.

    He resides in Hartford, Michigan with wife Jennifer and twins Glenn and Charlotte.

    His term expires Dec. 31, 2015.

    Contact Information:
    Trever Meachum
    60930 52nd Ave.,
    Hartford, MI 49057
    269-621-4713 (Home)
    269-621-4360 (Office)
    e-mail: jalapeno@cybersol.com 


    Ag Commissioner Fred WalcottSecretary, Fred Walcott, Allendale, Michigan

    Fred Walcott was appointed to the Commission on January 5, 2013 by Governor Rick Snyder and became secretary on January 14, 2014.

    A lifelong farmer, Walcott works for Valley View Pork LLC. The 4,000-acre family farm produces hogs, corn, wheat and soybeans, and houses a weather station which monitors crop conditions. Walcott will serve a four-year term that expires Dec. 31, 2016

    His term expires December 31, 2016

    Contact Information:
    Fred Walcott
    10692 White Birch
    Allendale, MI 49401
    616.895.4199 (Home)
    616.895.7063 (Office)
    e-mail: vvp@casair.net


    Photo of Commissioner Bob Kennedy

    Member, Bob Kennedy, St. Charles, Michigan

    Bob Kennedy was appointed to the commission on January 11, 2011, by Governor Rick Snyder.
    Kennedy is President and COO for Auburn Bean and Grain, which is a family owned company that services farmers in Saginaw, Bay, Midland, Gratiot, Shiawassee, Clinton, and surrounding counties handling all grain commodities and agronomy services, as well as products needed for crop production.  With annual sales of $200 million, Auburn Bean and Grain employs 70 people full-time and has five locations.

    Kennedy is a past board member and Chair of the Michigan Agri-business Association and has been employed in agri-business for the last 24 years.

    Kennedy owns and lives on a small farm in Saginaw County with his wife and two children, and is an active hunter and fisherman.  His term expires December 31, 2014.


    Contact Information:
    Bob Kennedy
    7710 S. Chapin Road
    St. Charles, Michigan 48655
    989-643-5597 (Home)
    989-662-4423 (Office)
    989-662-2425 (Office Fax)
    e-mail: bkennedy@abgco.net


    MDARD Commissioner Dru Montri

    Member, Dru Montri, Bath, Michigan

    Dru Montri was appointed to the commission on January 30, 2014, by Governor Rick Snyder. Read the full press release here.

    Montri owns and operates Ten Hens Farm, a year-round farm in Bath. Montri is also committed to regional food system work. She has been the director of the Michigan Farmers Market Association since its inception in 2006. Montri has a bachelor’s degree in horticulture from Michigan State University and a master’s degree in horticulture from Penn State University. She also holds a Ph.D. in horticulture and community, agriculture, recreation and resource studies from Michigan State.

    Montri's term expires Dec. 31, 2017.

    Contact Information:
    Dru Montri
    7539 Clark Road
    Bath, MI 48808
    517-432-3381 (MIFMA Office)
    517-599-0036 (Mobile)
    e-mail: dru@tenhensfarm.com



    For more information about the Commission of Agriculture & Rural Development: 

    517-284-5718
    mda-ag-commission@michigan.gov 

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