The Michigan Soybean Promotion Committee (MSPC) directs the soybean checkoff. The commodity checkoff was born of Public Act (P.A.) 232 in 1976. The national checkoff, directed by United Soybean Board, began in 1991. MSPC’s board of directors is made up of seven soybean farmers appointed by Michigan’s governor. Each director is appointed for a three-year term and may serve three consecutive terms. The MSPC is financed through Michigan soybeans sold. When a grower sells soybeans, the first purchaser collects .005 (1/2 of one percent) of the value of the soybeans sold. The assessments are are then sent to MSPC, which sends half of the dollars collected to the United Soybean Board.
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MSPC’s board is made up from soybean farmers representing seven districts.
District 1 is located in the southwest corner of Michigan and has the following counties: Berrien, Branch, Cass, Kalamazoo, St. Joseph and Van Buren.
The grower representative is Sarah Peterson from Niles, Michigan located in Cass County.
Sarah operates a 1,500 acre farm raising soybeans, corn, pasture ground, and beef cattle with her husband Alan and their two children. She also studied at MSU in animal science with an emphasis in agri-business. She participated in the Michigan Farm Bureau Leadership program titled “Profile”, was selected as Young Farmer Leader of Farm Bureau, served as a 4-H leader and recently was selected as Monsanto’s northeast regional winner of Farm Mom of the Year.
Sarah is the program area representative for production.
2662 Yankee Street
Niles, MI 49120
First term through 9/17
District 2 is located in south central lower Michigan and has the following counties: Calhoun, Eaton, Hillsdale, Ingham and Jackson.
The grower representative is Peter Crawford from Dansville, Michigan in Ingham County. Pete is owner of Crawford Farms, which he started in 1984. Pete farms 2,500 acres with his wife, son, daughter, son-in-law and cousin. They plant corn, soybeans and wheat.
Pete has been a seed dealer for Great Lakes Hybrids for 30 years, a certified crop adviser and certified seed grower for Great Lakes and DF Seeds.
Pete has served on the Michigan Soybean Association board, American Soybean Association, Ingham County Farm Bureau and served as Michigan ASA/DuPont Young Leader in 1987.
1655 Dietz Road
Dansville, MI 48819
First Term through 9/1/2018
District 3 is located in the southeast corner of Michigan and has the following counties: Lenawee, Livingston, Monroe, Washtenaw and Wayne.
The grower representative is Laurie Isley from Palmyra, Michigan in Monroe County. Laurie is the owner of Sunrise Farms, Inc. and is a third generation farmer. Laurie and her husband James farm 1,000 acres of corn and soybeans. She received her bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University in Agriculture and Natural Resources and a master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Concordia University.
Laurie was active in 4-H, FFA, and Michigan Farm Bureau’s Promotion and Education Committee for six years. She currently serves as Lenawee County Farm Bureau president.
Laurie is also program area representative for outreach.
2683 Grosvenor Hwy.
Palmyra, MI 49268-9734
First full term through 9/2017
District 4 is located on the eastern side of Michigan in the thumb region and has the following counties: Huron, Macomb, Oakland, St. Clair and Sanilac.
The grower representative is Dennis Gardner from Croswell, Michigan in Sanilac County.
Dennis is co-owner of Gardner Farms and has been farming for the past 25 years. His 1,600 acre farm has a rotation of soybeans, corn, wheat and sugarbeets.
Dennis has participated in the 2009 ASA/DuPont Young Leader Program and the 2009 ASA Young Leader Delegate to Washington D.C.
In addition to farming, Dennis has also received an agricultural degree from Michigan State University and has been married for 20 years. Dennis also owns and operates a lawn mowing and snow plowing business with 130 clients and he is active in his church.
Dennis is serving as vice-president and the program area representative for resources, administration and outreach.
7615 Brown Rd.
Croswell, MI 48422
First full term through 9/2016
District 5 is located on the eastern-side of mid-Michigan and has the following counties: Arenac, Bay, Lapeer, Saginaw and Tuscola.
District 5 is located eastern-side of mid-Michigan and has the following counties: Arenac, Bay, Lapeer, Saginaw and Tuscola.
Michael is owner of both Michael Sahr Farms LLC and Michael Sahr Crop Insurance Agency LLC. He lives on a Centennial Farm in Saginaw County where he started farming 40 years ago with his father. He raises sugar beets, dry beans, corn, soybeans and wheat on approximately 600 acres with his son.
Michael has served on the Michigan Bean Commission.
9121 E Washington Road
Saginaw, MI 48601
First Term through 9/1/2018
District 6 is located in mid-Michigan and has the following counties: Clinton, Genesee, Ionia and Shiawassee. The grower representative is Alan Moore from Bannister, Michigan in Gratiot County.
Alan is owner of Moore Seed Farm LLC and has farmed approximately 2,000 acres for 45 years. Alan previously served on the MSPC, United Soybean Board, North Central Soybean Research Program and National Biodiesel Board.
6498 Gratiot Road
Bannister, MI 48807
First full term through 9/2019
District 7 is the remainder of the counties in Michigan which are located in western, mid and northern parts of the state. The counties include: Alcona, Alger, Allegan, Alpena, Antrim, Baraga, Barry, Benzie, Charlevoix, Cheboygan, Chippewa, Clare, Crawford, Delta, Dickson, Emmet, Gladwin, Grand Traverse, Gratiot, Gogebic, Houghton, Iosco, Iron, Isabella, Kalkaska, Kent, Keweenaw, Lake, Leelanau, Luce, Mackinac, Manistee, Marquette, Mason, Mecosta, Menominee, Midland, Missaukee, Montcalm, Montmorency, Muskegon, Newaygo, Oceana, Ogemaw, Ontonagon, Osceola, Oscoda, Otsego, Ottawa, Presque Isle, Roscommon, Schoolcraft and Wexford.
Steven farms in partnership with his dad on their 2,600 acre farm. They raise corn and soybeans plus finish 8,800 swine as a contract grower each year. Steven was selected as Michigan Soybean Association’s Young Leader in 2006 and is a 2003-2005 graduate of Michigan Farm Bureau Institute for Leadership Education.
Steve is also serving as secretary and program area representative for market development.
5760 136th Ave.
Hamilton, MI 49419
First term through 9/2016
Several opportunities exist through the MSPC, Michigan Soybean Association, American Soybean Association and United Soybean Board for Michigan soybean farmers who have an interest in developing their leadership skills or becoming more involved with the soybean industry.