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Snyder makes appointment, reappointments to Beef Commission

Thursday, July 25, 2013

LANSING, Mich. – Gov. Rick Snyder today announced the appointment of Hal Neiman, of Ossineke, and the reappointments of John VanderBoon, of Kalamazoo, and Jill Sears, of Horton, to the Michigan Beef Industry Commission.

The nine-member commission promotes the sale of beef and beef products in the state.

“These are highly qualified and experienced appointees and I thank them for their willingness to serve,” Snyder said.

Neiman owns Neiman’s Family Market stores in Clarkston, Alpena, Tawas and St. Clair. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University and a master’s of educational psychology from Eastern Michigan University. He will represent beef retailers and replaces Donald Hartman.

VanderBoon is the head cattle buyer for JBS Corp., where he is responsible for all cattle procurement for the Plainwell plant. He previously served as a cattle buyer for JBS, head cattle buyer for Packerland Packing Co., and as manager for Yoders Meats and Processing. He will represent meat packing executives.

Sears is the owner of Sears Farms, where she has farmed for 34 years. She farms 3,600 acres of corn, hay, soybeans, wheat and pasture and tends to 500 cows and 900 feeders. She previously served as Farm Bureau membership chair and director of GreenStone Farm Credit Services. She will represent cattle feeders.

Members serve three-year terms that expire May 31, 2016, and their appointments are subject to the advice and consent of the state Senate.