Michigan Commission of Agriculture and Rural Development Elects New Officers

Agency: Agriculture and Rural Development

For immediate release: January 24, 2018
Media contact: Jennifer Holton, 517-284-5724

Lansing - Today, the Michigan Commission of Agriculture and Rural Development elected new officers for the 2018-2019 year during its regularly scheduled meeting held at Constitution Hall in downtown Lansing.

"I appreciate the shared passion these individuals demonstrate for Michigan’s food and agriculture community by volunteering their time to serve on the Commission," said Jamie Clover Adams, director, Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development. "The Commission helps identify and support ag innovation, economic development and educational opportunities for consumers, farmers and agri-food businesses.”

The new slate of officers is:

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. 

Vice Chair: Trever Meachum
Meachum is the production manager for High Acres Fruit Farm, a family run 3,000 acre fruit, vegetable and cash crop farm in Van Buren County.

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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