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United States Senate Committee on Agriculture Nutrition & Forestry

Opportunities for Growth: Michigan and the 2012 Farm Bill

Tuesday, May 31, 2011
09:00 AM
East Lansing, Michigan Kellogg Center, Michigan State University
Debbie Stabenow


Panel 1: Welcome from Michigan State University

  1. Dr. Lou Anna K. Simon
    Michigan State University
    East Lansing , MI
  2. Dr. J. Ian Gray
    Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies
    Michigan State University
    East Lansing , MI
  3. Dr. Thomas G. Coon
    Director of
    Michigan State University Extension
    East Lansing , MI

Panel 2: Michigan Agricultural Production and Farm Bill Principles

  1. Mr. Clark Gerstacker
    Corn and Soybean Production
    Member, Michigan Corn Growers Association,
    Midland , MI
  2. Mr. Ben LaCross
    Cherry Production; Chair
    American Farm Bureau, Young Farmers and Ranchers Committee
    Cedar , MI
  3. Mr. Ray Van Driessche
    Sugar Beet Production and Conservation, Director of Community and Government Relations
    Michigan Sugar Company
    Bay City , MI
  4. Ms. Julia Rothwell
    Apple Production, Chair
    U.S. Apple Association
    Belding , MI
  5. Mr. Ken Nobis
    Dairy Production, President
    Michigan Milk Producers Association
    St. Johns , MI
  6. Mr. Peter B. Blauwiekel
    Pork Production
    Member, Michigan Pork Producers Council
    Fowler , MI

Panel 3: Farm Bill Stakeholders in Michigan

  1. Mrs. Karen Serfass
    Forestry Production; Past President
    Michigan Forest Association
    Dafter , MI
  2. Ms. Kristen Holt
    President, Quality Assurance International (QAI)
    and Senior Vice President, Food Safety & Quality, NSF International
    Ann Arbor , MI
  3. Mr. Eric Davis
    Director, Food Initiative
    United Way for Southeastern Michigan
    Detroit , MI
  4. Mr. Dennis West
    Northern Initiatives
    Marquette , MI
  5. Mr. James Reid
    Reid Dairy Farm
    Grant Township , MI
  6. Mr. David Armstrong
    President and CEO
    Greenstone Farm Credit Services
    East Lansing , MI