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Gov. Rick Snyder makes reappointments to Corn Marketing Committee

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

LANSING, Mich. – Gov. Rick Snyder today announced the reappointments of Blaine Baker, of Clayton, John Burk, of Bay City, and Randall Poll, of Hamilton 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.

“Michigan food and agriculture exports bring billions of dollars into the state annually. I thank these appointees for their continued service on the committee,” Snyder said.

Baker is owner of a dairy and crop operation where he grows corn, soybeans, and alfalfa. Baker is chair of the Lenawee County Conservation District Board, and vice president of the Lenawee County Farm Bureau. Baker earned an agriculture technology degree from Michigan State University. He continues to represent District 4.

Burk has more than 25 years of farming experience and is owner of Burk Farms. He served as an MSUE agricultural educator. Burk works with the Bay County Soil Conservation District, Michigan Association of Conservation Districts, and the Bay County Farm Bureau. He earned a bachelor’s degree in agriculture technology and systems management and a master’s degree in crop and soil science from Michigan State University. He continues to represent District 8.

Poll is owner and president of Poll Farms Inc. He is president of the Allegan County Pork Producers and the Hamilton Farm Bureau Co-Op. Poll continues to represent District 1.

Appointees will serve three-year terms expiring March 5, 2018. Their appointments are subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.