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Special Joint Agriculture Hearing Set for Next Week

Aug 09, 2019

The House and Senate Committees on Agriculture are holding a special joint hearing next week to listen to the concerns of farmers and agricultural stakeholders. According to Representative Julie Alexander (R-Hanover), chairwoman of the House Agriculture Committee, the goal is to hear the concerns of those working in the industry as they navigate current challenges in the industry.

The joint hearing will be held on Tuesday, August 13, beginning at 9 a.m. at the Pavilion for Agriculture and Livestock Education on the campus of Michigan State University. The list of presenters includes:

    • Joel Johnson, Michigan State Executive Director, USDA Farm Service Agency
    • Garry Lee, Michigan State Conservationist, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service
    • Adrienne McTaggart, Springfield Regional Office Senior Risk Management Specialist, USDA Risk Management Agency
    • Gary McDowell, Director, Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development
    • Ken McFarlane, Chief Deputy Director, MDARD
    • Ron Hendrick, Dean of College and Natural Resources, Michigan State University
    • Jeff Dwyer, Extension Director, Michigan State University
    • Dave Armstrong, President and CEO, Greenstone Farm Credit Services
    • Rebecca Park, Michigan Farm Bureau
    • Doug Darling, Monroe County Farmer
    • Stephanie Schafer, Clinton County Farmer
    • Tim Boring, Vice President, Michigan Agri-Business Association

According to the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, agriculture is Michigan’s second largest economic sector, contributing roughly $104.7 billion in economic activity.

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