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Snyder makes appointment, reappointments to Michigan Wheat Program Committee

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

LANSING, Mich. – Gov. Rick Snyder today announced the appointment of Sally McConnachie, of Deckerville, and the reappointments of Carl Sparks, of Cassopolis, and David Milligan, of Cass City, to the Michigan Wheat Promotion Committee.

The nine-member committee oversees the wheat marketing program and consists of wheat farmers from across Michigan.

“I thank these experienced wheat producers for serving on this committee as we continue to enhance Michigan’s food and agriculture industry,” Snyder said.

McConnachie is a managing member of Dave’s Dirt LLC. She has 34 years of farming experience. She is a member of the Michigan Farm Bureau and the Michigan Corn Growers Association. McConnachie previously worked with Sandusky Dental Care. She will represent District 5 and replace Scott Huessner.

Sparks is owner and manager of Sparks Cedarlee Farms LLC, where he has farmed for 30 years. Sparks serves as the chairman of the Cass County Farm Service Agency Committee and the promotion and education chairman of the Cass County Farm Bureau. Sparks earned an associates degree in general science and agriculture from Southwestern Michigan College and a bachelor’s degree in crops and soil science from Michigan State University. He will continue to represent District 2.

Milligan is the owner of Milligan Farms LLC and has 44 years of farming experience. Milligan was named Cass City Citizen of the Year in 2013. He serves as a member of the National Wheat Association Wheat Growers board and previously served on the American Farm Bureau Wheat Committee.   He will continue to represent District 7.

Members will serve three-year terms expiring May 31, 2017. Their appointments are subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.