LANSING, MI – Today, the Michigan Commission of Agriculture and Rural Development elected new officers for the 2015-2016 year during its regularly scheduled meeting held at the Michigan Municipal League offices in downtown Lansing.
The new slate of officers is:
Chair: Trever Meachum
Meachum, production manager for High Acres Fruit Farm, a family run 3,000 acre fruit, vegetable and cash crop farm in Van Buren County.
Vice Chair: Fred Walcott
Walcott works alongside his parents and two sisters on their family farm – Valley View Pork, LLC – a 4,000 acre farm raising hogs, producing corn, wheat, and soybeans.
Secretary: 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.
“I’m grateful for the willingness of these individuals to serve Michigan’s food and agricultural community,” said Jamie Clover Adams, director, Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development. “Our state’s dynamic food and agriculture sector is ripe with opportunities and I look forward to working with the Commission as we continue our upward growth trend.”
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.