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Meet Your Staff: Michigan Foundation for Agriculture Development Manager Kate Thiel

Kate Thiel and her hubby Kevin, somewhere up near Cloud Nine.
Date Posted: October 12, 2023

Preface: “Talking about myself isn’t my fav,” Kate said, but that’s just Kate being Kate. If you’ve met her you know her personality’s as big as her title! What follows is Kate talking about Kate, even though it’s not her fav…


I’m originally from western Michigan — little town of Ravenna in Muskegon County.

I grew up on a small family farm where we raised beef cattle and forage crops, primarily. Over the years through 4-H and FFA my connection to — and passion for — agriculture blossomed. By the time I left the farm we raised everything from chickens to rabbits, sheep, pigs and steers. 

Beyond the family farm I served as a state FFA officer, studied at Michigan State University and now raise row crops with my husband and our twin daughters.

Currently I serve as development manager of the Michigan Foundation for Agriculture. I’m fortunate to work with the Farm Bureau Family of Companies, strategic partners and members on leadership development, agricultural literacy and hunger relief efforts.

A key word there is currently. Prior to this role I spent four years as MFB’s field crop specialist and before that spent three years in the Saginaw Valley as a regional manager, supporting our county Farm Bureaus in Bay, Gratiot, Isabella, Midland and Saginaw.

Outside Farm Bureau my hobbies include spending time exploring new places with family and friends, camping, reading and volunteering my time to support organizations like FFA, Girls on the Run and 4-H.

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Kate Thiel

Michigan Foundation for Agriculture Development Manager
517-679-5741 [email protected]

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