The 13-member committee, established in 1965, oversees the budget and operations of the dairy producer marketing program to promote the sale of and education about Michigan dairy products.
"These five dedicated men and women bring lifetimes of experience in the dairy industry," Snyder says. "I look forward to their work to further advance Michigan agriculture."
James Reid, of Jeddo, will represent the Michigan Milk Producers Association. As the owner of Reid Dairy Farm, he owns more than 1,100 acres. The farm produces about 80 pounds of milk per day from 205 cows, as well as corn, soybeans, wheat and hay. Reid earned an associate degree from St. Clair County Community College and a master's degree in elementary education from Michigan State University. He replaces Daniel Javor on the board.
Dwight Nash, of Elsie, will represent the Dairy Farmers of America. He is a lifelong dairy farmer and served in multiple leadership roles on the Clinton County Farm Bureau. He replaces Daniel Van Dyke on the board.
Anna Link, of Alto, will represent the Michigan Farm Bureau. She serves in multiple positions at SwissLane Dairy Farms, including calf manager, public relations director and human resources officer. In these positions, she organizes educational and interactive farm tours and oversees 400 calves and nine employees. She replaces Gerald Neyer on the board.
Timothy Hood, of Paw Paw, will represent the Michigan Milk Producers Association. He is CEO of Hood Farms, a fourth-generation, 1,100-acre dairy farm. Currently, he has 490 dairy cows and 420 replacement heifers, in addition to growing corn and alfalfa.
Kenneth Nobis, of St. Johns, will represent the Michigan Milk Producers Association. In addition to serving as president of the association, he is a co-owner of Nobis Dairy Farm, which includes 1,000 dairy cows and 3,000 acres of corn, alfalfa, soybeans and wheat. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in general agriculture from Western Michigan University.
Appointees will serve three-year terms expiring Dec. 31, 2015, and their appointments are subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.