This winter Farm Gate introduces you to the new members of the state Young Farmer and Promotion & Education committees — in their own words.
By Lane Grieser
I was born into a small dairy farm near Clarksville, but we eventually moved to a better location near Six Lakes in Montcalm County, where I now farm around 400 acres of hay, beef, lamb and maple syrup with my wife Holly, my father Joe and mother Joyce.
My father milked cows from 1989 until 2019, when we ended up selling. Most of my life has been spent in dairy and it’s set me up to where I am today. Since we sold the cows the farm has grown to 400 acres focused on baling hay. My father runs 20 head of beef cattle which we try to sell mostly direct-to-customer. My wife and I run around 30 head of Polypay ewes and also enjoy our horses in what spare time we get. We are very busy people!
My father was very involved with Farm Bureau and wanted me to get involved as well. My first start was with Young People’s Citizenship Seminar, which I really enjoyed. I first became a member when I was 18 but moved out of state for a while to my cousin’s farm and let my membership lapse.
I signed back up in 2017 and ended up on the county board as the Young Farmer chair the following fall — a position I still hold, in addition to being third member, vice president and now president. I’ve also chaired the candidate evaluation committee for the past two elections.
Now I’m filling in Bridget Moore’s shoes, representing District 7 on the state Young Farmer committee. I’ve enjoyed attending many Farm Bureau events over the years, including the Young Farmers Leadership Conference, Voice of Agriculture, Growing Together, State Annual Meeting and the Washington Legislative Seminar. I’ve competed in multiple Young Farmer Discussion Meets, including one year competing at the state level.
I hope to bring the team together as a whole during my time on the state committee. I am one to believe networking is a major part of agriculture, and I have built those relationships through Farm Bureau and its conferences. I hope to be able to use my position to improve that for other Young Farmers across my district. My first year I’m eager to find where I fit in and will do my best. For now I’m just a brute work horse ready to take on the challenge!