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Appointments, reappointment made to Soybean Promotion Committee

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

LANSING, Mich. - Gov. Rick Snyder today announced the appointments of Dennis Gardner, of Croswell, and Mark Seamon, of Saginaw, to the Michigan Soybean Promotion Committee. He also announced the reappointment of Richard "Andy" Welden, of Jonesville.

The seven-member committee oversees the marketing program, which promotes the advancement of Michigan's soybean industry.


"These appointees are agricultural experts and outstanding Michiganders," said Snyder. "I am thankful for their willingness to serve in these roles."


Gardner is co-owner of Gardner Farms, where he grows wheat, soybeans, corn and sugarbeets on 1,600 acres. He holds a bachelor's degree in agricultural technology from Michigan State University. Gardner will represent District 4 and replaces James Wilson.


Seamon has farmed for 14 years and owns 175 acres, where he produces sugarbeets, corn, wheat and soybeans. He earned a bachelor's degree in crop and soil sciences from Michigan State University. Seamon will represent District 5 and replaces Mark Bierlein.


Welden is a Hillsdale County commissioner and brings nearly 40 years of farming experience to the committee. He owns 580 acres, where he produces corn and soybeans. Welden is a former township supervisor and field reporter for the U.S. Department of Agriculture. He received a bachelor's degree in agricultural business from Michigan State University. Welden will continue to represent District 2.


Appointees will serve three-year terms that expire Sept. 23, 2015, and their appointments are subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.