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Appointments made to asparagus, plum commodity boards
May 13, 2011
Friday, May 13, 2011
Contact: Sara Wurfel
LANSING, Mich. - Gov. Rick Snyder today announced appointments to the Michigan Asparagus Marketing Advisory Board and the Michigan Plum Advisory Board.
"These boards play a vital role promoting Michigan-grown crops and ensuring that our state's agriculture industry continues to flourish," Snyder said.
Michigan Asparagus Marketing Advisory Board
The board is charged with developing and implementing a marketing program for Michigan's asparagus crop.
Eric Herrygers is appointed and Sarah Greiner is reappointed.
Eric Herrygers, of Hart, is a managing member of Herrygers Farms LLC. He has been farming for more than 30 years and has 670 acres of asparagus, tart cherries, apples, peaches, corn and hay, along with a 75-head beef feedlot. Herrygers has served on the Farm Service Agency Committee, the Soil Conservation District and Farm Bureau Board. He replaces Frederick Tubbs.
Sarah Greiner, of Hart, is the co-owner of Todd Greiner Farms. She has farmed for more than 13 years and has 1,045 acres of asparagus, sweet cherries and a variety of other crops. Sarah and her husband operate a fresh asparagus packing facility, which packs the asparagus they and 15 to 20 other growers harvest. Greiner earned an associate's degree in allied health from Grand Rapids Community College and is a staff radiology technologist at Mercy General Health Partners in Hart.
Appointees will serve a three-year term expiring November 13, 2013, and are subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.
Michigan Plum Advisory Board
The Michigan Plum Committee is charged with developing and implementing a marketing program for Michigan's plum crop.
John Williams is appointed.
Williams, of Mears, is the owner-operator of John R. Williams Farm. He has more than 30 years of experience farming and maintains 500 acres of asparagus, cherries, peaches, apples and plums. Williams has served on the Asparagus Board and Farm Bureau Board, and he is a member of the Hart Fire Department.
Williams will serve a three-year term expiring July 1, 2013. He replaces Michael Robert VanAgtmael. His appointment is subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.