On Michigan Farm Bureau’s state-level policy development committee, Sensational District 7 is represented by Mecosta County’s Johanna Hopkins.
Farm Bureau member for almost 40 years now, she and her husband bought their own place in 1986 in northeastern Mecosta County, between Remus and Barryton.
Her farming roots run deep. Her grandfather raised Guernseys in Jackson County, and his grandfather (Johanna’s great-great-grandfather) began the family’s farming tradition in Upstate New York. So when it came time to strike out on her own, she knew what she was doing…
“My husband Dan and I started farming together in 1980, renting a farm for six years before purchasing our own place in 1986. Our two sons, Dean and Brad, and their families help out when they can, but they also have their own farms.
“We raise corn, soybeans, oats and alfalfa hay on around 500 acres. We also have a cow-calf operation, raise show pigs and fatten out steers.”
A Farm Bureau member for 39 years, Johanna often represents Mecosta County Farm Bureau as a delegate at the state annual meeting and is a regular fixture at MFB’s annual Lansing Legislative Seminar.
“Policy development is very important to me and my family—you help out others who don't have the time. We all need to take the time to get involved because we—farmers and ranchers—are the minority.”