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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

McKenzie Kuehnlein, ABC news anchor, Hoffman Farms

McKenzie Kuehnlein, ABC news anchor, Hoffman Farms

McKenzie and her husband Joe farm hay, livestock, and row crop in Dundee, MI. McKenzie also is a news anchor for ABC 13 in Toledo. She grew up on a crop farm, and she and Joe met at the Monroe County Fair – they even had their engagement pictures taken there. Together...

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Abby Vitore, Carpenter Farms Greenhouse

Abby Vitore, Carpenter Farms Greenhouse

Abby owns a greenhouse, helps at her family’s farm and agritourism business, and is a crop insurance agent for River Farms Crop Insurance Agency, Inc. She’s vice president of the Lenawee County Farm Bureau Board, and she’s also on the state Young Farmer Committee. She...

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Kyle Keller, Keller Farms & Supply, Inc

Kyle Keller, Keller Farms & Supply, Inc

Kyle Keller owns Keller Farms & Supply, which is a part of agriculture people don’t think about every day. He grows and sources 5,000 acres of wheat straw and hay bales to supply erosion control and manufacturing companies, like making straw blankets. They also...

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Olivia DeVooght, DeVooght Farms, DeVooght’s General Store

Olivia DeVooght, DeVooght Farms, DeVooght’s General Store

Olivia and her family own DeVooght Farms and run DeVooght’s General Store in Skandia, where they sell food they produce, as well as products from other local farmers. Their dairy barn roof collapsed in 2019 after 14 feet of snowfall, Olivia had to decide if they...

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Riley Brazo, Farmhand and truck driver at Fawn River Farms

Riley Brazo, Farmhand and truck driver at Fawn River Farms

Riley Brazo is a 2020 Michigan Farm Bureau Young Farmer Ag Employee Finalist and sweet sixteen discussion meet finalist. He works with Fawn River Farms, where they raise seed corn for Bayer Crop Sciences, commercial corn, and 6,000 hogs. Riley’s favorite time on the...

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Phil Dougherty, Dougherty Farms

Phil Dougherty, Dougherty Farms

Phil Dougherty is a turkey farmer in Alto. He, his wife Jennifer, and his four kids have been raising heavy toms for three years. Phil worked on dairy farms while he was growing up, and he started his career as an electrician. His wife’s family also has their own...

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Courtney Matthias, Veterinarian, Sterner Veterinary Clinic

Courtney Matthias, Veterinarian, Sterner Veterinary Clinic

Courtney Matthias grew up on a livestock and crop farm, and she wanted a job that combined her love of science, cattle, and people. She went to MSU to become a large animal veterinarian, and she has been with the Sterner Veterinary Clinic for three years. She spends...

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Paul Pridgeon, Pridgeon Farms

Paul Pridgeon, Pridgeon Farms

Paul Pridgeon is a seventh generation farmer on Pridgeon Farms, where he and his family raise hogs and crops. He, his wife Nikki, and their three daughters just moved closer to the farm to secure a 30-second commute to work. Paul went to Central Michigan for his...

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Tye Thompson, Tye Thompson’s Fresh Produce

Tye Thompson, Tye Thompson’s Fresh Produce

Tye Thompson started selling produce at 14 years old. He continued running his business as he earned his horticulture degree from MSU, and now he has four roadside stands where he sells multiple varieties of fruit and vegetables. Tye isn’t from a farm and didn’t grow...

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Matt Munsell, Munsell’s Poultry Processing

Matt Munsell, Munsell’s Poultry Processing

Matt Munsell owns Munsell’s Poultry Processing in Fowlerville, where he lives with his wife Amanda and daughter Elnora. Along with processing poultry for farmers markets, restaurants, and backyard growers, he and his family grow 1000 acres of crops, plus raise steers...

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Deidre Iciek, CNMP Consultant & dairy farmer

Deidre Iciek, CNMP Consultant & dairy farmer

Deidre Iciek is a comprehensive nutrient management plan consultant, and she and her family also own Iciek Dairy in Gladwin. As a CNMP consultant, she works with farms to make sure their manure management systems are compliant, which includes help with reporting,...

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Afton Blight, Blight Farms

Afton Blight, Blight Farms

Afton Blight of Blight Farms took a year off before college and worked at a non-profit in South America. There she learned she liked working outside, enjoyed the seasons of Michigan, and wanted to see the results of her work – namely to watch crops and livestock grow....

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Markeisha Wesley, Michigan Ag Council Ambassador

Markeisha Wesley, Michigan Ag Council Ambassador

Markeisha Wesley is graduating with a BS in agribusiness management from Michigan State University. She’s also worked as the assistant manager for the Detroit Kitchen Connect Program, which is an Eastern Market Corporation program that trains and supports food...

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Amy Spitznagel, Idyll Farms

Amy Spitznagel, Idyll Farms

Amy Spitznagel owns Idyll Farms, a goat farm and creamery located in Northport, Michigan. Following a career as a teacher, flight attendant, and actress, Amy and her husband Mark decided to embrace the farm-to-table and environmental movement with a pasture-based goat...

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Caitlin Luck, Michigan Ag Council Ambassador

Caitlin Luck, Michigan Ag Council Ambassador

Caitlin Luck is a senior at Michigan State University majoring in agricultural education. Her family farm in Sand Creek grows corn, soybeans, and wheat. She knew since seventh grade she wanted to go into agricultural education at MSU, and all her activities through...

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Ben Zaleski, Michigan Ag Council Ambassador

Ben Zaleski, Michigan Ag Council Ambassador

Ben Zaleski, Michigan Ag Council Ambassador, became interested in agriculture by growing up around it in Port Austin and participating in FFA in high school. He’s a junior at Michigan State University, where he’s majoring in Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources...

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Erin Keller, Michigan Ag Council Ambassador

Erin Keller, Michigan Ag Council Ambassador

Erin Keller recently graduated with her BS in Biosystems Engineering from Michigan State University, and now she’s an engineer at Consumers Energy. She became interested in agriculture through her science classes at MSU, her interest in sustainability, and her...

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Jacob Hoskins, Michigan Ag Council Ambassador

Jacob Hoskins, Michigan Ag Council Ambassador

Jacob Hoskins, who recently graduated from Ferris State University, just started as a program technician for the U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency in St Johns. After working on farms in high school and enjoying the industry, he knew he ultimately...

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Lauren Heberling, Michigan Ag Council Ambassador

Lauren Heberling, Michigan Ag Council Ambassador

Lauren recently graduated from Michigan State University with a dual major in agribusiness management and food industry management from the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. She’s now working in the appraisal department at GreenStone Farm Credit Services....

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Haili Gusa, Michigan Ag Council Ambassador

Haili Gusa, Michigan Ag Council Ambassador

Haili Gusa became interested in agriculture through FFA, where she served as a chapter, regional, and state officer. Her involvement led to showing pigs at the county fair, entering many speaking competitions, and ultimately becoming an ag ambassador due to her love...

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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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