Michigan Commission of Agriculture and Rural Development

The Michigan Commission of Agriculture and Rural Development is a bipartisan group of citizens appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the State Senate to serve four-year, staggered terms. The role of the Commission is to provide oversight and executive direction for the programs of the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development and to approve the rules and regulations the department promulgates.

The Commission on Agriculture and Rural Development consists of 5 members, not more of 3 of whom shall be members of the same political party.

Click here to access the Commission on Agriculture homepage and meeting information  


MCLA 16.279, Act 380 of 1965 


Contact Information


Cheri Ayers
Commission Assistant

Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development

Phone (Voice): (517) 335-3402

Phone (TTY): (517) 373-1104

Fax: (517) 335-1423

Email: mda-ag-commission@michigan.gov 




Dru Montri (I), Bath

Term expires 12/31/2017

Ten Hens Farm

Robert Kennedy (R), St. Charles
Term expires 12/31/2018
Auburn Bean & Grain Co.

Diane Hanson (I), Cornell
Term expires 12/31/2018
Dennis Hanson Potato Farm/Hanson Seed Farm


Trever Meachum (R), Hartford

Term expires 12/31/2019

High Acres Fruit Farm


Brian Pridgeon (R), Montgomery

Term expires 12/31/2020
Pridgeon Farms