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Three producer-leaders reappointed to Michigan Beef Industry Commission

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Gov. Rick Snyder announced the reappointments of Jon Haindl of Cooks, Leonard Brown of Sandusky and Dale Oeschger of Bay Port to the Michigan Beef Industry Commission.

The nine-member commission builds demand for beef and beef products by growing consumer trust and promoting beef’s value; thereby enhancing opportunities for all segments of the beef industry.


“Michigan’s food and agriculture sector is a key part of our economic foundation,” Snyder said. “Beef sales are important to maintaining Michigan’s prospering agricultural economy, and I thank these individuals for promoting and advancing this industry.”

Jon Haindl is the owner of a 225 head cow-calf operation in the Upper Peninsula. Jon has more than 50 years of experience as a cattle producer. He represents the cow-calf segment of the beef industry and currently serves as the commission’s Treasurer.


Leonard Brown farms with his brother and their three sons at Brown Brothers Dairy in Sandusky. The family milks approximately 100 Holstein cows, feeds their bull calves to market weight and manages a diversified cropping system.


Dale Oeschger is a cattle feeder from Huron County, where he finishes approximately 800 beef cattle each year and raises crops. He is a leader in the Michigan Cattlemen’s Association and the Michigan Farm Bureau. Dale is currently Chairman of the Michigan Beef Industry Commission and a Director of the Federation of State Beef Councils.

The three, who all are Farm Bureau members, will serve three-year terms expiring May 31, 2021. Their appointments are subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.