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Cady Ness-Smith earns Farm Bureau endorsement in 77th State House race

Cady Ness-Smith brings to the table extensive experience in healthcare, agriculture, and volunteer industry organizations. Image credit: Courtesy Photo
Date Posted: July 8, 2024

Eagle Township farm owner and equine enthusiast Cady Ness-Smith has earned Michigan Farm Bureau’s Friend of Agriculture designation and endorsement in the race for Michigan’s 77th House District. 

The district covers portions of Clinton, Eaton and Ingham counties: the cities of Lansing (part), DeWitt, Grand Ledge, as well as townships of DeWitt, Eagle, Lansing, Oneida (part), Riley, Watertown and Westphalia.

Ness-Smith brings to the table extensive experience in healthcare, agriculture, and volunteer industry organizations. 

For more than two decades, Ness-Smith has been an Ingham County Farm Bureau member and served on the Michigan Farm Bureau Equine Advisory Committee. This in addition to being a full-time registered nurse and medical care manager and owner of two farms raising and producing crops, hogs, horses and donkeys.

Ness-Smith explained in her AgriPac candidate questionnaire why she’s seeking election. 

“I hope to work toward returning control of wind and solar development to local government,” she wrote. “I am against large scale factory developments on viable agricultural land, and I plan to instead promote utilization of abandoned factory brownfield sites for these types of development.”

She also shared how she plans to support rural communities and spur growth in the agriculture economy. 

“We need continued support of FFA and 4-H programs in Michigan and funding for career and technical education programs,” Ness-Smith wrote. “I’d also work closely with local government elected officials to promote agricultural businesses, in addition to assisting local zoning and planning boards to understand the unique needs of the agricultural industry.”

She added that legislation is needed to continue development of agricultural storage, processing and product distribution opportunities.

Ness-Smith has a tremendous amount of past and present volunteer leadership experience with groups including the Michigan Equine Partnership, Michigan Horse Council, Mustang Heritage Foundation, American Mustang and Burro Association, Michigan Horse Drawn Vehicle Association, Infusion Nurses Association (Lansing), and Student Nurses Association (Lansing Community College and University of Michigan). 

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Matt Kapp

Government Relations Specialist
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