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Snyder makes reappointments to Michigan Cherry Committee

Monday, May 6, 2013


LANSING, Mich. - Gov. Rick Snyder today announced the reappointments of Michael DeRuiter, of Hart, Daryl Peterson, of Ludington, and Marc Willmeng, of Watervliet, to the Michigan Cherry Committee.


The nine-member committee was established in 1965 and works to develop and implement marketing efforts for Michigan's cherry industry.


"The cherry market and agricultural industry are crucial parts of Michigan's economy," said Snyder.  "I appreciate Michael, Daryl and Marc's willingness to continue to serve in these roles."


Representing District 2 tart cherry growers, DeRuiter is the vice president and quality control manager for DeRuiter Farms, Inc., a 1,000-acre farm producing tart cherries, peaches and apples. He brings more than 15 years of farming experience, and currently serves on the Michigan Farm Bureau Board of Directors, and is chair of the State Young Farmers Committee. DeRuiter earned a bachelor's degree in general business and a master's degree in business administration, both from Grand Valley State University.


Representing District 2 sweet cherry growers, Peterson is the president of Bushel Basket Orchards, Inc., which farms 1,100 acres of cherries and apples. He has 44 years of farming experience, and previously served on the West Shore Community College Board of Trustees and the Apple Research Committee. Peterson holds a bachelor's degree in math and physics from Michigan State University.


Representing District 3 sweet cherry growers, Willmeng is the owner and manager of Marc Willmeng Farm, where he farms 400 acres of cherries, peaches and apples. Willmeng has 16 years of farming experience.


Appointees will serve three-year terms that expire Feb. 1, 2016. Their appointments are subject to the advice and consent of the State Senate.