The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) announced the hiring of Gov. Whitmer’s former policy advisor, Josh Neyhart, into the newly-created role of senior environmental policy advisor.
“This position is unique in that it’s the first of its kind,” said Matt Smego, Michigan Farm Bureau’s Associate Director in the Public Policy and Commodity Division. “We look forward to working with Josh in his new capacity and hearing more about what the department’s intentions are for this position and how the role interacts with existing environmental-focused staff.”
MDARD’s official statement indicates Neyhart will assist and advise the department in planning, coordinating and ensuring steps are taken to implement environmental initiatives affecting MDARD and Michigan’s $104.7 billion food and agriculture industry.
He will also work on key issues such as improving water quality in the Western Lake Erie Basin, nutrient run-off, and climate change, as well as advise the director on developing policy recommendations.