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Governor makes appointments, reappointment to Michigan corn marketing program

Monday, May 6, 2013 


LANSING, Mich. - Gov. Rick Snyder today announced two appointments and one reappointment to the Michigan Corn Marketing Committee.


Established in 1965, the nine-member committee oversees the budget and operations of the corn marketing program, and promotes growth and sales within Michigan's corn industry.  


 "I am confident that Steve, Paul and Richard will be great assets to the committee through their combined experience and expertise in the industry, and I look forward to their input and service," Said Snyder.



Steve Lonier, of Lansing, joins the committee with 30 years of farming experience and will represent District 6 growers. He is co-owner of Shady Lodge Farm LLC, a 138-year old family farm. Lonier has also served on the Clinton County Ag-Land Preservation board. He replaces Patrick Feldpausch.


Paul Wagner, of Grawn, will represent District 9 growers. He is a fifth-generation farmer and owner of A&P Farms. Wagner grows corn, soybeans, hay, wheat and oats, and raises feeder cattle. Wagner is a Farm Bureau State Young Farmers representative. He replaces Edward Breitmeyer.



Richard Dobbins, of Concord, will continue to represent District 5 growers. He brings more than 40 years of experience growing both corn and soybeans. Dobbins is president and CEO of North Concord Farms, a row crop farming operation utilizing minimum-till practices. He earned a bachelor's degree in metallurgical engineering from Michigan State University and a law degree from Wayne State University.


All appointees will serve three-year terms that expire March 5, 2016 and their appointments are subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.