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Gov. Rick Snyder makes reappointments to Apple Committee

Friday, June 5, 2015

LANSING, Mich. – Gov. Rick Snyder today announced the reappointments of Robert Gregory, of Leland, and Mark Youngquist, of Kent City, to the Michigan Apple Committee.

The seven-member committee coordinates market development, educational activities and research for the state's apple industry. Michigan is home to more than 800 apple growers and the industry accounts for more than $770 million annually in total economic impact.

"Michigan is the third-largest apple producing state in the nation, and I am pleased to tap the expertise of these two individuals on this committee," Snyder said.

Gregory is the owner and manager of Cherry Bay Orchard, Inc. He has served as president of the Michigan State Horticultural Society, trustee of the Michigan State Horticultural Society Trust, director of Michigan Farm Bureau, and chair of the Northwest Michigan Horticultural Foundation. Gregory earned a bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics from Michigan State University. He continues to represent District 6.

Youngquist is the owner of Mark W. Youngquist, a successful fruit production farming enterprise. He has more than 30 years of experience in the fruit and grain industry.  He continues to represent District 3. 

Appointees serve three-year terms expiring April 1, 2018. Appointments are subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.