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LANSING — A trio of active Farm Bureau members have been elected to lead the Michigan Commission of Agriculture and Rural Development for 2014-15. A bipartisan body of five gubernatorial appointees, the commission recommends policy on food, agricultural and rural development issues.
Chairing the commission this year is Diane Hanson of Cornell in Delta County. She and her family run Hanson Farms, a 1,200-acre operation raising seed potatoes, alfalfa and oats. Hanson is a member and former president of the Hiawathaland Farm Bureau.
Trever Meachum was elected vice chair of the commission. He manages production at High Acres Fruit Farm, a family-run 3,000-acre fruit, vegetable and cash crop farm in Van Buren County. Meachum is a member of the Van Buren County Farm Bureau.
Fred Walcott will serve the commission as secretary. Walcott works with his parents and sisters on their farm, Valley View Pork, a 4,000-acre farm raising hogs, corn, wheat and soybeans. He is an active member of the Allegan County Farm Bureau.
"Diane, Trever and Fred are all great leaders in their county Farm Bureaus," said Wayne H. Wood, president of Michigan Farm Bureau. "Seeing our members step up and extend their service to the agriculture industry beyond Farm Bureau is both rewarding and validating for our organization."
The Michigan Commission of Agriculture and Rural Development meets regularly in downtown Lansing; click here for a meeting schedule.