Governor Rick Snyder recently announced appointments to the state’s Agricultural Preservation Fund Board, including Michigan Farm Bureau (MFB) President Carl Bednarski, Berrien County Farm Bureau member Peg Kohring and Macomb County Farm Bureau member Ken DeCock.
New appointments include:
- Carl Bednarski, MFB President. Bednarski is also a founding member of the Michigan Sugar Cooperative, served on the Michigan Sugar board of directors and is a member of the Knights of Columbus. He will replace Eddie Moore.
- Peg Kohring, Berrien County Farm Bureau member. Kohring is also a senior associate at The Conservation Fund. She replaces Michigan Farm Bureau past president Wayne Wood.
- Ken DeCock, Macomb County Farm Bureau member and owner of DeCock & Sons, LLC. He is a third-generation fruit and produce farmer operating Boyka’s Farm Market and has been involved with farmland preservation in Macomb County since 1997. DeCock has also served on the Macomb County Conservation District Board of Directors and on the Michigan State Fair & Exposition Center Authority.
- Brian Bourdages, special projects manager at Tamarack Holdings, LLC. He previously served as farmland program manager at Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy and has more than 15 years of experience focusing on farmland protection.
- Jonathan Jarosz, executive director of Heart of the Lakes Center for Land Conservation Policy. He previously worked as director of university outreach for the University of Michigan-Flint, Midwest field representative for the Land Trust Alliance, and as a conservation planner for The Little Forks Conservancy.
The group will serve four-year terms expiring June 10, 2022.