Michigan Farm Bureau livestock specialist Ernie Birchmeier has been named to the board of the National Institute for Animal Agriculture (NIAA).
The NIAA's purpose is to provide a source for individuals and organizations to obtain information, education and solutions for the challenges facing the animal agriculture industry. Its mission is to work toward the eradication of diseases that pose a risk to the health of animals, wildlife and humans; promote a safe and wholesome food supply for the nation and abroad; and promote best practices in environmental stewardship, animal health and well-being.
With a well-respected board dominated by veterinarians, Birchmeier brings a reasonable, common-sense voice of production agriculture to the NIAA and strengthens Michigan Farm Bureau's presence with animal issues on a national platform, said Bob Boehm, manager of Michigan Farm Bureau's Center for Commodity, Farm and Industry Relations.
"It's clear that on the national level, animal industry leaders appreciate Ernie's expertise in livestock production," he said. "Not only does Ernie represent Michigan livestock farmers, he's one himself, with a fine hog operation.
"His common-sense perspective is a welcome addition to the NIAA board, where he'll bring Michigan farmers' perspectives to both production and animal health issues, which are part of his responsibilities with Farm Bureau. We congratulate Ernie and know he'll represent Michigan livestock producers well."