Michigan Commission of Agriculture and Rural Development Elects New Officers

Agency: Agriculture and Rural Development

For immediate release: February 22, 2017
Media contact: Jennifer Holton, 517-284-5724

Lansing - Today, the Michigan Commission of Agriculture and Rural Development elected new officers for the 2017-2018 year during its regularly scheduled meeting held at Constitution Hall in downtown Lansing.

"I appreciate the enthusiasm and willingness of these individuals to serve Michigan’s growing food and agricultural community," said Jamie Clover Adams, director, Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development. "The members of the Commission are partners in identifying and supporting economic development and educational opportunities for consumers, farmers and agri-food businesses.”

The new slate of officers is:

Chair: Dru Montri
Montri owns and operates Ten Hens Farm, a year-round farm in Bath. Montri is also committed to regional food system work. She has been the director of the Michigan Farmers Market Association since its inception in 2006.

Vice Chair: Bob Kennedy
Kennedy works for The Anderson's as their Area Manager. He also owns and lives on a small farm in Saginaw County with his wife and two children, and is an active hunter and fisherman. 

Secretary: Brian Pridgeon
Pridgeon is the owner of Pridgeon Farms, a seventh-generation hog farm that markets 70,000 animals annually. He is the secretary of the Michigan Pork Producers board of directors and the young farmer chair and executive committee member of the Branch County Farm Bureau.

 The Michigan Commission of Agriculture and Rural Development is a bipartisan board appointed by the Governor with the responsibility to recommend and, in some cases, determine, policy on food, agriculture, and rural development issues.

 For more information on the Commission, go to http://www.michigan.gov/mdard/0,4610,7-125-1572_2878---,00.html


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