Contact: Sarah Black, 517-679-5340
LANSING — Western Michigan native John Kran begins work June 30 as Michigan Farm Bureau's (MFB) new associate national legislative counsel. A native of Mason County, Kran grew up on his family's dairy farm near Free Soil, and returns to MFB with considerable experience.
Kran previously worked eight years as an MFB regional representative, serving as a liaison between the state-level organization and thousands of farmer members in Allegan, Barry, Ionia, Kent and Ottawa counties.
Since 2011 Kran has been on staff with the office of Dist. 2 U.S. Rep. Bill Huizenga. He worked two years in Washington as a legislative assistant assigned to agriculture, immigration, defense, homeland security, foreign affairs, judiciary, social security and veterans. He then assumed duties as the Zeeland-based congressman's public policy manager, representing Huizenga in his western Michigan district, meeting with constituents and monitoring issues related to agriculture, transportation and the environment.
In his new position, he will serve as MFB's primary link to Michigan's congressional delegation and federal agencies in Washington, D.C., helping implement Farm Bureau policies on national and international issues. He will also be involved with policy development and will lead the planning and execution of MFB's annual Washington Legislative Seminar.
"John was an effective leader working with the county Farm Bureaus in western Michigan," said Sarah Black, director of MFB's public policy division. "He brings impressive qualifications to this position—deep familiarity with agriculture and the Farm Bureau organization, and of course his experience working with Rep. Huizenga, both in D.C. and in the district.
"I know John's going to be extremely effective in this position. We're definitely looking forward to welcoming him back into the fold."
Kran studied political science and biology at Hope College, then went on to earn master's degrees in business administration from Indiana University and agricultural economics from Purdue.
Kran succeeds Ryan Findlay, who recently accepted a position with Syngenta in Minnesota.