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Snyder makes appointments to Michigan Soybean Promotion Committee

Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014

LANSING, Mich. – Gov. Rick Snyder today announced the appointments of Laurie Isley, of Palmyra, and Sarah Peterson, of Niles, to the Michigan Soybean Promotion Committee.

The committee oversees the soybean marketing program and is housed within the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.

"The food and agriculture industry is an important part of Michigan’s economy. I am confident Laurie and Sarah will do great work to support our soybean farmers," Snyder said.

Isley is the co-owner of Sunrise Farms Inc. She serves as the Lenawee County Farm Bureau president and was previously named the Michigan Farm Bureau Outstanding Agricultural Educator. Isley earned a bachelor’s degree in agriculture and natural resources education from Michigan State University, a teaching minor certificate in biology from Eastern Michigan University, and a master’s degree in educational leadership from Concordia University. She represents District 3 growers and replaces Richard Janssens.

Peterson works with MK Peterson Farms. Peterson was named Outstanding Young Ag Leader by the Michigan Farm Bureau, Farm Mom of the Year for the Northeast Region by Monsanto, Agricultural Promoter of the Year by Cass County Farm Bureau, and was awarded the National County Activity of Excellence Award by the American Farm Bureau Federation. Peterson earned a bachelor’s degree in animal science and agribusiness management from Michigan State University and completed Annie’s Project, a farm management program for women. She represents District 1 growers and replaces Herbert Miller.

Appointees will serve three-year terms expiring Sept. 23, 2017. Their appointments are subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.