Fighting for Michigan’s Rural Communities

The Michigan Rural America 2020 Steering Committee is comprised of farmers, agri-business professionals and rural residents from across the state. They are working to shed light on how rural Michigan is being left behind and is worse off due to four years of the current administration’s policies and costly trade wars.

The Michigan steering committee will serve as an alternative voice to misinformation and serve as an advocate for policies that make a difference for the future of our rural communities. Michigan is the second most agriculturally diverse state in the nation and our producers, processors and consumers have a unique set of needs that must be part of our national policy agenda.”

Tim Boring, Michigan Steering Committee member

Members of the Michigan steering committee come from across the state and represent a diverse knowledge of the industry. Members include:

Tim Boring is a sixth-generation cash crop farmer in mid-Michigan. He previously served as the vice president of the Michigan Agri-Business Association where he worked to develop strategies and approaches to address cropping system rotations, new market potentials, crop quality standards, water quality challenges, and continuing education opportunities.  He also served as the research director with the Michigan Soybean Promotion Committee. Boring has a masters and doctorate degrees in Crop and Soil Science from Michigan State University.

Cheryl Kobernik is the owner of North Star Organics cherry farm in Frankfort. She previously chaired the USDA’s Farm Service Agency State Committee in Michigan from 2010-2017. Kobernik is the clinical consultant of the NW Michigan Community Mental Health Authority.

Howard Wetters owns a milk hauling business, which services small dairy farms throughout Michigan’s Thumb region. Wetters owns and manages a centennial farm and trucking business in Kawkawlin. He also represented the Bay City area in the Michigan House of Representatives from 1993-1998.

Christine White has worked in the agriculture community since 1978. She previously served as deputy director of policy for the Michigan Department of Agriculture during the Granholm administration and as the State Executive Director of the Farm Service Agency from 2009-2017.