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The Michigan GROWN, Michigan GREAT podcasts are available on our website and can also be downloaded on iTunes, Google and Libsyn.

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Meet our podcast host, Carla Wardin, dairy farmer and agricultural advocate.

Carla is a sixth generation dairy farmer on her family’s farm. She and her husband Kris are raising three boys – twins and their younger brother. She’s a writer, marketing consultant, and township supervisor. She loves talking about farming, so if you’re interested in being on the podcast, please contact her at carla.wardin@gmail.com

Emma Grant, Michigan Ag Council Ambassador

Emma Grant, Michigan Ag Council Ambassador

Emma Grant is a junior at Michigan State University, where she’s double majoring in horticulture and crop and soil science, and minoring in ag business. Her hometown is Suttons Bay, and she’s enjoyed running the farmers market there for the last two years. After...

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Madelyn Cary, Michigan Ag Council Ambassador

Madelyn Cary, Michigan Ag Council Ambassador

Madelyn Cary lives on her family’s farm where they grow cash crops and raise cattle. They also recently began running the Elwell Elevator. She’s beginning at Michigan State University in the fall to study agribusiness management with the goal of coming back to work on...

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Hailey Andres, Michigan Ag Council Ambassador

Hailey Andres, Michigan Ag Council Ambassador

Hailey Andres just graduated from University of Michigan-Flint with a degree in graphic design and marketing. When she joined FFA at New Lothrop High School, she became interested in agriculture and shaped her career around it. She now is interning with GreenStone...

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Michael Ceja, Michigan Ag Council Ambassador

Michael Ceja, Michigan Ag Council Ambassador

Michael Ceja, Michigan Ag Council Ambassador, is studying business management at Delta College. His sophomore year of high school he got involved in FFA and got interested in ag advocacy and youth leadership. Last year he won the state collegiate discussion meet for...

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Grace Platte, Michigan Ag Council Ambassador

Grace Platte, Michigan Ag Council Ambassador

Grace Platte is one of our Michigan Ag Council Ambassadors. She's studying agricultural education at Michigan State University, and she works two jobs and she manages social media for the College of Agricultural & Natural Resources, and she works for MSU Extension...

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Tony Motz, Motz Meat & Motz Farm

Tony Motz, Motz Meat & Motz Farm

Tony Motz farms with his dad, where they grow corn, soybeans, and wheat on 3000 acres in St Johns. He also started Motz Meat, where he raises steers to sell as freezer beef. Tony earned his degree in agribusiness at Michigan State University, and he enjoys finetuning...

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Kip Siegler, Siegler Dairy Farm

Kip Siegler, Siegler Dairy Farm

Kip Siegler is a farming YouTube sensation, with over 14,000 subscribers, 66 videos, and 1.3 million total views in just nine months. He’s a dairy and crop farmer in Imlay City, where he milks 200 cows and raises hay, corn, soybeans, and wheat on 1700 acres. Kip farms...

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Nate Wittkamp, Wittkamp Grain and Vegetable LLC

Nate Wittkamp, Wittkamp Grain and Vegetable LLC

Nate Wittkamp of Wittkamp Grain and Vegetable LLC grows asparagus, hemp, pickles, and zucchini on his farm in Oceana County. Nate graduated from Michigan State University and worked as a sales agronomist for Wilbur Ellis. After working for them and farming at the same...

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Katelyn Packard, Horning Farms

Katelyn Packard, Horning Farms

Katelyn farms with her grandparents, parents, brother, and husband on their centennial farm in Washtenaw County. They milk 400 cows and raise crops to feed them. Her main area of interest is taking care of the animals, including health management, making sure milking...

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Jesse Jensen, beekeeper at Greene’s Honey Farm

Jesse Jensen, beekeeper at Greene’s Honey Farm

Jesse Jensen is a beekeeper at Greene’s Honey Farm in Edmore. He’s been a beekeeper for nine years, and when he’s not working the bees, he’s taking care of his own hives at home. He, his wife Lauren, and their son Hoyt also love taking Ranger rides, watching Hoyt play...

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Sarah Tomac, Tomac Pumpkins

Sarah Tomac, Tomac Pumpkins

Sarah Tomac started selling pumpkins on the side of the road as a child…and her farm now grows 250 different varieties of pumpkins, squash, and gourds. She and her family also raise sweet corn, Indian corn, and soybeans. She loves the history of International...

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John Bowsky, Conservation Technician, Bowsky Farms

John Bowsky, Conservation Technician, Bowsky Farms

John Bowsky is a conservation technician at Blue Water Conservation District in Sandusky, and he also farms with his family on their fourth-generation crop farm. On their centennial farm they raise 470 acres of wheat and soybeans. He’s 4-H swine superintendent,...

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Darcy Hansen, agronomy consultant at Star of the West Milling

Darcy Hansen, agronomy consultant at Star of the West Milling

Darcy Hansen is an agronomy consultant at Star of the West Milling, where she helps farmers put together their crop plans and scouts fields to identify solutions. She and her husband Coy also raise Black Angus cattle, Boer goats, and pigs at their home in Minden City...

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Joe Bixler, MSU Extension

Joe Bixler, MSU Extension

Joe Bixler works for MSU Extension as a Statewide Government & Community Vitality Educator, and he’s also part of the Community Food Systems team.  Originally from the Thumb, he’s worked in agriculture his entire career.  With the COVID-19 crisis, he’s been very...

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Caleb Fuehring, C & D Fuehring Farms

Caleb Fuehring, C & D Fuehring Farms

Caleb Fuehring of C & D Fuehring Farms grows cherries, asparagus, apples, Christmas trees, corn and soybeans.  He and his wife Hannah are celebrating their first wedding anniversary while experiencing their first worldwide pandemic.  Caleb has seen farm technology...

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Terry Page, Page Farms LLC

Terry Page, Page Farms LLC

Terry Page started renting land when he was 13, and by the time he graduated high school, he farmed 100 acres and owned 550 hogs.  He now is raising soybeans, wheat, alfalfa, and corn on 2600 acres, and he also custom harvests for multiple other farms.  He enjoys...

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Blake Gordon, B & C Gordon Farms

Blake Gordon, B & C Gordon Farms

Blake Gordon of B & C Gordon Farms raises wheat, corn, soybeans, and sugar beets in Croswell.  He and his dad, Cliff, often don’t need to use a two-way radio to communicate, because they know what the other is thinking.  Blake enjoys farming so much that when he’s...

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Rich Baker, Rich Baker Farms, LLC

Rich Baker, Rich Baker Farms, LLC

Rich Baker of Rich Baker Farms, LLC in St Joseph County has a diverse operation. He grows seed corn, potatoes, cash crops, and he has a custom spraying operation.  He welcomes over 700 visitors at his orchard, and he raises cattle, hogs, horses, and goats.  On top of...

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Isaac Matchett of Matchett Sheep Farm

Isaac Matchett of Matchett Sheep Farm

Isaac Matchett of Matchett Sheep Farm in Charlevoix raises sheep for meat and wool.  Right now with the uncertainly of the COVID-19 shutdown, he continues to work toward his normal goal of ensuring the farm is never stagnant.  He’s active in his church, Michigan Sheep...

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Cindy Visser, Visser Farms

Cindy Visser, Visser Farms

Cindy Visser and her family grow over 100 varieties of vegetables and flowers in Zeeland.  They sell at many farmers markets, direct to restaurants, and through their CSA.  Cindy, Phil, and their seven children have been working together on the farm since 1981.  They...

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Kate Livingston, Livingston Farms

Kate Livingston, Livingston Farms

Kate Livingston farms with her family on Livingston Farms in St Johns, where they raise grass fed beef, maple syrup, and peppermint and spearmint oil.  Her family farm has been in the same location since 1902.  Kate enjoys biking on the local rail trail,...

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Carl Bednarski, Michigan Farm Bureau President & Farmer

Carl Bednarski, Michigan Farm Bureau President & Farmer

Carl Bednarski has dual roles – he’s the president of Michigan Farm Bureau and a crop farmer in Tuscola County.  Five days a week, he’s full-time in the office in Lansing, leading both the agriculture and insurance sides of Farm Bureau.  On the weekends, he’s with his...

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