In eastern Kalamazoo County near Climax, second-generation farmers Cliff and Diane Lipscomb raise 125 to 150 feeder Holstein calves annually and custom bale 1,000 acres of straw. Half of their four children have farms of their own, and everyone pitches in to help out when needed.
Off the farm, Cliff’s a regularly visitor to many others as a salesman for Crystal Flash, delivering fuel products to farmers across the region.
And for the Bureau, he represents District 1 on this year’s state-level policy development committee.
“Farm Bureau is the strongest voice for agriculture in Michigan and the U.S., and it’s because of the way we do policy development,” Lipscomb said. “Our state government listens to us and know we represent the agriculture community all across the state.
“We have a loud voice, and I want to help keep that voice strong for agriculture.”
This remainder of this year’s state PD committee are as follows:
Young Farmer representatives are John Bowsky (Sanilac County), Nate Clarke (Midland County), and David Dreves (Northwest Michigan).
Kellie Fox (Oceana County) represents Promotion & Education.
At-large members are Craig Denny (Ionia County) and Tim Hood (Van Buren County). From the MFB Board of Directors are Andy Hagenow (Kent County), Mike DeRuiter (Oceana County) and Jeff Sandborn (Ionia County).