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Gov. Rick Snyder makes appointments, reappointment to Michigan Soybean Promotion Committee

Friday, October 9, 2015

LANSING, Mich. – Gov. Rick Snyder today announced the appointments of Peter Crawford, of Dansville, and Michael Sahr, of Saginaw, and the reappointment of Dennis Gardner, of Croswell, 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, and I am confident these appointees will do great work to support our soybean farmers and industry," Snyder said.

Crawford is the owner of Crawford Farms, a cash crop and certified seed farm growing soybeans, corn, and wheat, and has been farming for more than 30 years. He earned a degree in soil and chemical technology from Michigan State University. Crawford represents District 2 and replaces Richard (Andy) Welden. 

Sahr is the owner of Michael Sahr Crop Insurance Agency, LLC, a position he has held for more than 20 years. He has farmed various crops throughout his 40-year farming career, including sugarbeets, soybeans, dry beans, wheat, and corn.  He represents District 5 and replaces Thomas Hess. 

Gardner is the co-owner of Gardner Family Farming LLC, and has farmed for 25 years.  Gardner Family Farming is a cash crop and custom harvested sugarbeets operation growing soybeans, corn, sugarbeets and wheat. Gardner has also raised beef cattle and operated a farrow-to-finish hog farm. He continues to represent District 4.

Members serve three-year terms expiring Sept. 23, 2018. Appointments are subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.