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Mike Klumpp, AgMarvels

Mike Klumpp, AgMarvels

Mike Klumpp and his wife Jaime own AgMarvels, where they help hemp farmers grow, process, and sell their crop.  They also grow their own hemp, as well as corn, soybeans, and wheat.  Mike and Jaime are entrepreneurs, and the hemp business is just one of many of their...

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Jim Reverman, Reverman Farms

Jim Reverman, Reverman Farms

Jim and Jean Reverman grow and sell Christmas trees from Reverman Farms in Grand Ledge.  They have recently started painting trees – not just green, but purple, pink, and even a patriotic red, white & blue.  When he’s not shearing trees, Jim also works for the...

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James Weber, Weber Family Dairy

James Weber, Weber Family Dairy

James Weber of Weber Family Dairy milks 130 Jersey cows and raises crops on his Frankenmuth farm.  A graduate of the MSU Ag Tech program and Cal Poly, (California Polytechnic State University), he returned to Michigan in 2015 to reopen his parents’ farm.  He now works...

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Hilaree Fraly, BASF Innovation Specialist

Hilaree Fraly, BASF Innovation Specialist

Hilaree Fraly is a BASF Innovation Specialist, which means she works with farmers to help plan their growing seasons and figure out solutions for their crop problems.  Originally from Montcalm County, she started in FFA, graduated from Michigan State, and began...

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Dan Vogler, Harrietta Hills Trout Farm LLC

Dan Vogler, Harrietta Hills Trout Farm LLC

Dan Vogler owns Harrietta Hills Trout Farm LLC, the largest private fish farm in Michigan.  For 22 years, he has been on the farm with his parents Jim and Katherine, his wife Susan, and their six children.  He’s president of the Michigan Aquaculture Association, and...

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Andy Rozendaal, Eighth Day Farm

Andy Rozendaal, Eighth Day Farm

Andy Rozendaal is the farm director at Eighth Day Farm in Holland, MI.  The urban farm, which is right in the middle of a ripped-up parking lot, focuses on taking care of the land as well as people.  The faith-based, non-profit also donates 10% of what they grow to...

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Brittney Rooney, Beaverland Farms

Brittney Rooney, Beaverland Farms

Brittney Rooney is an urban farmer in the Brightmoor neighborhood in Detroit.  She, along with her partner Kieran Neal, started the two-acre farm with the long-term goal of growing an agroforestry system.  While their 500 trees are maturing, they are direct marketing...

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Alison and Ben Sklarczyk, Sklarczyk Seed Farm LLC

Alison and Ben Sklarczyk, Sklarczyk Seed Farm LLC

Alison and Ben Sklarczyk own Sklarczyk Seed Farm LLC, which is one of the only hydroponic seed potato farms in Michigan, the other being a research farm at Michigan State University.  They produce six million mini tubers a year, plus grow 1100 acres of corn, soybeans,...

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Jay Parr, JLJ Parr Farms

Jay Parr, JLJ Parr Farms

Jay Parr farms 1300 acres of sugar beets, soybeans, and corn.  He works alongside his dad Jeff in Brown City, where he also lives with his wife Tara and daughters Millie and Hazel.  A graduate of Michigan State University, Jay enjoys going to livestock shows,...

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Christie Apple, Agronomy and Soil Health Specialist, Crop Farmer

Christie Apple, Agronomy and Soil Health Specialist, Crop Farmer

Christie Apple is an agronomy and soil health specialist at Timac Agro USA. She is a self-proclaimed ‘soil nerd’ and loves everything to do with soil health and plant nutrition.  She works with clients, trains farmers and other agronomists, and in her free time, farms...

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Ben Randle, General Manager, GDW Farms LLC

Ben Randle, General Manager, GDW Farms LLC

Ben Randle is general manager at GDW Farms LLC, which is a turkey farm.  After a career as an electrician, Ben took on a new role as a farmer, where he helps raise turkeys from one-day to 20-weeks old.  In Hamilton, he’s the assistant basketball coach and school board...

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Lori Hedrick, The Wild Pumpkin

Lori Hedrick, The Wild Pumpkin

Lori Hedrick and her husband Jeff own The Wild Pumpkin, where families can visit a petting farm, navigate a 1000-bale maze, go down mega-slides, play in the corn box, eat warm donuts, and of course, get pumpkins.  Outside of the farm, Lori also is a special needs...

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Madeline Meyer, MSU Animal Science & Dairy Judging Team

Madeline Meyer, MSU Animal Science & Dairy Judging Team

Madeline Meyer is a senior at Michigan State University, majoring in animal science and minoring in food processing and technology. She’s from a dairy farm in Ionia, and she grew up being involved in the farm, 4-H, and FFA.  She’s now active in the MSU Dairy Club, MSU...

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Sarah Zastrow, Bay Area Wellness

Sarah Zastrow, Bay Area Wellness

Sarah Zastrow founded Bay Area Wellness to help people deal with pain, stress, and their mental health.  She and her husband have a crop farm, plus she is from a farm, and she is invested in providing stress management resources to farmers.  She enjoys traveling to...

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Sara Reisinger, Leaman’s Green Applebarn

Sara Reisinger, Leaman’s Green Applebarn

Sara Reisinger is the event planner and manager at Leaman's Green Applebarn in Freeland.  This year, her family’s farm and agritourism business is celebrating its 130th anniversary. In addition to a corn maze, apple picking, and movie nights, they also host very...

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Claire Smith, Tenera Grains

Claire Smith, Tenera Grains

Claire Smith certainly didn’t want to work on her family’s seventh generation farm, but when her parents suggested trying to grow teff, she was intrigued.  Teff is an ancient grain that’s a main ingredient in Teffola, a nutty grain granola they now make, sell, and...

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Taylor Truckey, Farmer Engagement Manager at AgVend

Taylor Truckey, Farmer Engagement Manager at AgVend

Taylor Truckey is the Farm Engagement Manager at AgVend.  She at first thought she wanted to work in another area, but her hobby farm and 4-H background convinced her she wanted to work in agriculture.  She is helping pay off her student loans by running her own...

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Jeno Rivera, Urbandale Farm & Michigan State University

Jeno Rivera, Urbandale Farm & Michigan State University

Jeno Rivera is part of Urbandale Farm in Lansing, as well as Director of the Liberty Hyde Bailey Scholars Program at Michigan State University.  She is a former high school ag teacher and professor in the MSU Residential College for Arts and Humanities.  She roller...

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Dede Beck – Uncle John’s Cider Mill

Dede Beck – Uncle John’s Cider Mill

Dede Beck of Uncle John’s Cider Mill is running a business that has the goal of giving people of all ages to do something together. She works in accounting, merchandising, hiring, training – you name it, all for the 50,000 visitors that come each fall weekend. She,...

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