LANSING, Sept 20, 2011 - Delta County farmer Diane Hanson has been named Michigan Farm Bureau's (MFB) Volunteer of the Month for September 2011 for her exceptional promotion of Upper Peninsula agriculture.
A passionate advocate for her industry, Hanson this summer hosted at her farm near Cornell a steak dinner for Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, MFB board members and U.P. county Farm Bureau leaders. More than 140 people attended this event to showcase the contributions of U.P. farmers.
For many years, Hanson has assisted in organizing the Miracle of Life tent at the U.P State Fair, arranging for the livestock of U.P. farmers to be showcased in the exhibit. Hanson also created a photo display of Upper Peninsula farms, including some of her own photos demonstrating the diversity of crop and animal agriculture in the region.
In addition to her work with the U.P. State Fair, Hanson has frequently represented Hiawathaland Farm Bureau (Alger, Delta and eastern Marquette counties) at MFB's Lansing Legislative Seminar. There she communicates the concerns of U.P. farmers directly to state legislators and brings home information about current farm-related policy of interest. Also, Hanson recruits youth from the central U.P. to attend MFB's Young People's Citizenship Seminar, a weeklong camp that teaches youth about the power of voting and taking an active role in local, state and national government.
"Diane did an outstanding job volunteering for Farm Bureau this year," wrote her nominator for Volunteer of the Month honors. "The effort she put into the steak fry for the governor was top notch. She also coordinated the display in the Miracle of Life tent and took the time personally to take photos of farms around the central U.P."
Continuing her longtime dedication to agriculture, Hanson was appointed by Gov. Snyder to serve on the Michigan Commission of Agriculture and Rural Development. In the first year of her four-year term, Hanson works with this bipartisan group of citizens to oversee the programs, rules and regulations of the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.
Hanson and her husband Dennis live near Cornell, where they raise certified seed potatoes, hay, oats and beef cattle. They have six children and 13 grandchildren.