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Appointments, reappointment made to Corn Marketing Committee

Monday, June 2, 2014

LANSING, Mich. – Gov. Rick Snyder today announced the appointments of Matthew Holysz, of Vicksburg, and Ned Wyse, of Camden, and the reappointment of Tom Durand, of Croswell, to the Michigan Corn Marketing Committee.

The nine-member committee prepares and oversees the research and marketing program budget, promoting the advancement of Michigan's corn industry.

“Corn is a crucial part of our food and agriculture industry. I am confident these appointees will serve our state well,” Snyder said.

Holysz has 17 years of farming experience. Holysz has served on the County Farm Bureau board and was named Kalamazoo County Farm Bureau Outstanding Young Agricultural Leader. Holysz earned associate degrees in liberal arts and business management, both from Kalamazoo Valley Community College. He will represent District 2 and replaces Carl Barth.

Wyse has 38 years of farming experience. He is a member of the pastoral team at Salem Mennonite Church and the Hillsdale Arts Chorale. He previously served on the Camden-Frontier Schools Board of Education. Wyse earned an associate degree in liberal arts from Hesston College and a bachelor’s degree in English from Eastern Mennonite College. He will represent District 3 and replaces Mark Kies.

Durand is the president of Durand Farms with 31 years of farming experience. He received the Outstanding Citizen Award from Michigan Sugar Co. and has served as a school board member, Little League coach, and in numerous volunteer positions through the Michigan Farm Bureau. He will continue to represent District 7.

Members serve three-year terms expiring March 5, 2017. Their appointments are subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.