This winter Farm Gate introduces you to the new members of the state Young Farmer and Promotion & Education committees — in their own words.
By Darcy Hansen
Greetings from Minden City, where I’m thrilled to represent District 6 on the state Promotion & Education committee. Although I was not born into a family that introduced me to Farm Bureau, I quickly learned about it through my FFA experience as a state officer and at college as part of the Collegiate Farm Bureau.
I served as a state FFA officer my first year at Michigan State University and quickly became acquainted with Michigan Farm Bureau and its staff. Although my heart was set on being a teacher, I studied crop and soil sciences. Farm Bureau gave me the opportunity to be a teacher in a different light.
Following my term as a state officer I found myself involved with Collegiate Farm Bureau and found one of my other passions, discussion meet, where I had the opportunity to compete at the national Collegiate competition. While participating in the Collegiate Farm Bureau my county Farm Bureau reached out to me to help me find ways to become more involved.
After returning home to Sanilac County following graduation in 2015, I jumped in head-first with the county Young Farmer committee, later being elected its chair. Following my involvement with the Young Farmer program, I started looking for ways to help my peers and our Promotion & Education team to collaborate on different county events.
Just shy of two years ago I was elected to chair Sanilac P&E and have since been working toward growing our team. When offered a position on the state committee I was thrilled about the opportunity. I’m excited to develop ways to help our district explore better promote and inform our communities about our agricultural diversity.
I grew up on my family’s sixth-generation farm in Minden and was eager to return home following graduation. Our farm raises cash crops including wheat, alfalfa and corn, plus dry beans and soybeans as the rotations allow. I also work with my grandfather, father and brother on the feedlot, where we raise beef steers from 400 pounds to finish.
In junior high school I got the opportunity to diversify our herd by introducing the first beef female our farm had seen in many years and also starting my Angus cow/calf operation. Over the years my herd has grown and I’ve continued the Angus bloodlines.
Recently added to the farm has been our meat goat herd. What started as a simple conversation with one of my 4-H members about how to acquire a goat at the fair turned into a small herd that continues to grow every year.
Off the farm I work for Star of the West Milling Company as an agronomy consultant out of our Rapson location. I work to develop farm plans through the winter, spend the spring through fall walking fields and sometimes you can catch me running the scale during harvest.
I’m fortunate to serve my community as township clerk and as a 4-H leader. Both offer knowledge that relates back to P&E by revealing challenges in our community I can help address, and by helping me formulate outreach ideas.
In 2019 I married my best friend, Coy, who helps keep me hopping on all my projects and groups I’m involved with. I enjoy my involvement in all my groups and it’s even more fun to have someone who enjoys attending those events with me. This past year we welcomed our cat, Chip, into our home. We’re unsure of Chip’s age but he is very active and we enjoy him being a part of our family.
I look forward to helping my district and the whole state explore new P&E ideas as we continue to connect remotely. Even in a very rural community we still find opportunities to help our neighbors understand everyday agriculture like we know it. I’m hoping some of our virtual options this year can help us reach an even broader audience than before!
Darcy’s here was the last of our new state committee member profiles. Best of luck to all and thank you for your work on behalf of Michigan farmers!