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Customers Testify at Senate Committee Field Hearing
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The hearing was held May 6 in Frankenmuth, Michigan.

Customers Testify at Senate Committee Field Hearing 

GreenStone customer and west Michigan hops farmer, Pam Bouma Miller, testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry. The hearing, titled “Growing Jobs and Economic Opportunity: Perspectives on the 2018 Farm Bill from Michigan” gave legislative leaders the opportunity to hear from Michigan’s diverse agricultural producers in consideration of the 2018 Farm Bill. 
Bouma Miller addressed Michigan’s expanding hop’s industry and specifically, how GreenStone Farm Credit Services serves as a reliable, knowledgeable lender for her specialty operation, Hopyards of Kent. “A part of the success of my farm is a special relationship and understanding with my financial partner. This is a capital intensive business and its specialization demands dollars. GreenStone Farm Credit Services was there for me to the full extent they were able at the outset, and remains an intricate part of my success as one of the first major hop farms.” 
In addition to Bouma Miller, several other GreenStone members spoke on the panel, including:
  • Rick Gerstenberger, Snover
  • Darrin Siemen, Harbor Beach
  • David Williams, Elsie
  • Chris Alpers, Lake Leelanau 
  • Andy Snider, Hart (GreenStone Board Director)
The hearing was held in Frankenmuth at the Saginaw Valley Research Center. Testimony and video of the hearing is available the Senate Committee website.