Governor Rick Snyder recently announced the appointment and reappointment of two Farm Bureau members to the state’s Farm Produce Insurance Authority.
Ted Crowley, former president and current member of the Muskegon County Farm Bureau, will serve a three-year term representing general farm interests. He owns and operates Crowley farms in Ravenna growing corn, soybeans, wheat and hay.
Mark Metz, a highly active and longtime Monroe County Farm Bureau member, was reappointed and will serve a three-year term representing the state’s wheat producers. Metz owns a 700-acre farm in Ida producing wheat, soybeans and corn. He also serves as chairman of the Ida Township Planning Commission and is president of the Ida Farmer’s Co-operative board of directors.
“We’re always proud to see our members serving in these leadership positions to both protect the state’s agriculture industry and individual farmers, but to also help influence growth and leverage new opportunities,” said Kate Thiel, Michigan Farm Bureau’s field crops and advisory specialist.
Thiel also recognized the service of Allegan County Farm Bureau member Paul Koeman, whose term concluded this year.
“Paul served on the board for the better part of a decade. His experience and leadership skills helped the board make thoughtful and forward-thinking decisions,” Thiel said. “He helped the group work through grain dealers’ financial insolvency, and played a role in advocating for legislation passed in 2016 to strengthen the law that protects producers, lessening the severity of economic damage.”