Gov. Gretchen Whitmer recently announced appointments to the Michigan Potato Industry Commission, including several Farm Bureau members. The appointments also follow the commission’s recent announcement naming Kelly Turner as its new executive director.
- Guthry Laurie, a Tuscola County Farm Bureau member from Caro, is the farm manager for Walther Farms in Cass City and represents snack potato industry growers.
- Benjamin Sklarczyk, an Otsego County Farm Bureau member from Johannesburg, is the CEO of Sklarczyk Seed Farm and represents the seed potato industry.
- Travis Horkey, a Monroe County Farm Bureau member from Dundee, is a partner with Horkey Brother Farms and represents the fresh potato industry.
- Donald Kitchen, an Otsego County Farm Bureau member from Elmira, is the owner and president of Kitchen Farms and represents the fresh potato industry.
- Rebecca Johnson from Grand Rapids is the manager of the Chief Wabasis Potato Growers Co-op Association and represents an at-large member.
- Mathew Skogman from Foster City is the owner and operator of Skogman Seed Farm and represents the seed potato industry.
- Jonathon Yoder from Sturgis is the vice president of Yoder Family Farms and represents snack potato industry growers.
- Philip Gusmano from Grosse Pointe Farms is the vice president of purchasing at Better Made Snack Foods and represents shippers.
- Matt Wilkes from Rockford is the director of the Potato Services of Michigan and represents shippers or retailers.
The appointees will serve a term expiring July 1, 2022.
The Michigan Potato Industry Commission was created to foster and promote an economically viable potato industry in Michigan by providing responsible leadership for the industry. The Commission provides leadership in disseminating information to foster the growth and well-being of the potato industry, all the while representing the interests of the industry at the state, national, and international levels.