A trio of standout Michigan Farm Bureau members have earned appointments to national-level Farm Bureau committees. The following luminaries from the Great Lakes State will officially begin their terms at AFBF’s 2019 FUSION Conference, March 15-18, 2019, in Milwaukee.
Seth & Lyndsay Earl
Mason County power couple Seth and Lyndsay Earl will represent Michigan on the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) Young Farmers & Ranchers Committee.
“This committee is an integral part of our organization, and it is my hope that you will develop useful leadership skills you can apply toward pursuing a bright future in agriculture and Farm Bureau,” wrote AFBF President Zippy Duvall in his congratulatory letter to the Earls.
Seth is a district conservationist with the Natural Resources Conservation Service. Lyndsay is a Michigan Milk Producers Association member representative for 70 dairy farms in Mason, Oceana, Muskegon and Newaygo counties. Both are also involved in Lyndsay’s family’s dairy, Stakenas Farms, near Free Soil in north-central Mason County.
The Earls’ service will include helping evaluate and update the long-term YF&R plan, assisting with executing YF&R competitive events at the AFBF Annual Convention, providing programming advice for the AFBF YF&R Leadership/FUSION conference and other responsibilities.
The Earls succeed Monroe County’s Mark and Sarah Mathe on the national committee; prior to them Michigan was represented by Jeff VanderWerff of Ottawa County.
St. Clair County’s Stacey Lauwers has been appointed to serve a two-year term on AFBF’s Promotion & Education Committee.
On Michigan’s state-level P&E committee in recent years, Lauwers has championed core programs such as Ag in the Classroom and Project RED (Rural Education Days), as well as progressive new endeavors like the FARM Science Lab.
Outside Farm Bureau, Lauwers serves on the Capac FFA Advisory Board, the Farm Service Agency Board, and is a Farmers’ Advisory Council Member for America's Farmers Grow Rural Education, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, which partners with farmers across the U.S. to support rural schools by offering grants, focused on enhancing STEM education and curriculum.
With her husband Mike and their son Cameron, she helps operate a fourth-generation family grain and forage farm, raising soybeans, wheat and alfalfa.
Recently recognized as MFB’s 2018 Presidential Volunteer of the Year, Lauwers succeeds Kent County’s Renee McCauley, Michigan’s charter representative on the very first AFBF P&E Committee.