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Cody is the Young Farmer Chairperson for the Wayne County Farm Bureau. The Wayne County Young Farmers conduct an annual Tractor Poker Run where they donate the proceeds to local food banks. At this year's statewide Young Farmer Leaders Conference, the county Young Farmers donated $1,100 of those earnings to Michigan Farm Bureau's Harvest for All Program to benefit food banks across the state.
Jerome and his wife Mary have a greenhouse and fresh market operation in Wayne County. In 2016, they donated more than 21,000 pounds of surplus produce.
Luke is part of his family's sheep and cash crop operation and he serves as President for Jackson County Farm Bureau. The county Young Farmer program conducts a Corn Hole tournament at their county fair and to help stop hunger. All proceeds are then donated to local pantries or food bank.
Cody and her husband Rich have a cash crop operation and an apple orchard in St. Joseph County. They donate apples to food banks, churches etc.
Bill is from Kalamazoo County and operates a fruit and vegetable operation with his family. They donate approximately 2,000 lbs of surplus per year.
Cathy is a dairy farmer in Isabella County and is the chairperson of the State Promotion & Education Committee.
Matt is the president of Oakland County Farm Bureau. He has been very instrumental in getting our FARM Science Lab off the ground. The purpose of the FARM Science lab is to bring agriculture to students through science and STEM education. You can see more of the details here:
. The Oakland County Farm Bureau has donated a significant amount of money to make the project possible. The lab is currently in Oakland County and will be traveling in the county through May.
Natalie and her husband operate Hardy Harvest Farm. They donate surplus to the food bank in Remus. In addition, Natalie is the 2017 winner of the Young Agriculture Leader Award. The Young Agriculture Leader Award recognizes young farmers for outstanding leadership roles in Farm Bureau, agriculture and the local community.
Kevin and his wife Sarah are the 2017 winners Michigan Farm Bureau's Young Farmer Excellence in Agriculture Award. This award recognizes a successful young individual or couple, who does not derive the majority of their income from normal production risk, for involvement in agriculture, leadership ability and participation in Farm Bureau and other organizations. Kevin and Sarah are very active in Farm Bureau and the agriculture industry.
Helen and her husband Alan operate Ridgeview Orchards in Ottawa County. They have donated several tons of surplus apples and asparagus over the past several years.
Kathy spearheads the Washtenaw County Farm Bureau's communications efforts, including the Washtenaw County Farm Bureau Facebook page. As a voice of agriculture, she does a compelling job of promoting modern food production and telling farmers' stories, including how agriculture contributes to Michigan's economy.
John Strieter from Huron County is the Young Farmer Achievement Award winner. The Achievement Award recognizes a successful young agriculturalist or couple, deriving a majority of his/her income from an owned production agriculture enterprise, for outstanding achievement in the business of farming and leadership in the agricultural community.
Scott Thomas from Sanilac County is the Young Farmer Agriculture Employee Award winner. The Agriculture Employee Award is designed to recognize successful young agriculturalists, employed by a farm or agribusiness, for outstanding leadership in farming and contributions to the long-term profitability of the operation on which he/she works. Scott works for a large grain operation in Sanilac County.