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New MI Commission of Ag Members Appointed
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Governor Rick Snyder today appointed two new members to the Michigan Commission of Agriculture: Diane Hanson of Cornell and Bob Kennedy of St. Charles.


Source: Michigan Department of Agriculture

Governor Snyder Appoints Two New Members to the MI Commission of Agriculture

Lansing, Mich. – Governor Rick Snyder today appointed two new members to the Michigan Commission of Agriculture: Diane Hanson of Cornell and Bob Kennedy of St. Charles.

Kennedy is vice president of operations and general manager of Auburn Bean and Grain Company in Auburn. Auburn Bean and Grain is a family and locally owned business established in 1970. His term runs through December 31, 2014.

Hanson is owner/operator of Hanson Farms in Cornell. Hanson Farms is a family run 1,200 acre farm producing seed potatoes, alfalfa, and oats. Her term runs through December 31, 2014.

“I look forward to working with the members of the commission to advance Michigan’s foods and agriculture business sector,” said Keith Creagh, Director of the Michigan Department of Agriculture. “Agriculture clearly has been a growth area and job creator in the state and is a critical building block to Michigan’s economic foundation.”

Additionally, the Michigan Commission of Agriculture elected new slate officers during today’s meeting. Commissioner Don Coe of Traverse City was elected chair; Commissioner Charles Velmar Green of Elsie was elected vice chair and Commissioner Jennifer Fike of Ann Arbor was elected secretary.

The Michigan Commission of Agriculture is a bipartisan body appointed by the governor to provide oversight and policy direction for the agriculture department’s programs and approve rules and regulations the department issues.

Appointments consist of four year terms and are subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.

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