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Michigan GROWN, Michigan GREAT podcast

Mar 30, 2020

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 wife Lisa and three adult sons raising sugar...


Mar 23, 2020

Since 2018, Pamela Ruegg has been the Chair of the Department of Animal Science at Michigan State University.  She’s had a variety of roles within the ag industry, including positions as a veterinarian, a faculty member at the Atlantic Veterinary College in Canada, and a technical services consultant.  Though she’s...


Mar 16, 2020

As a Career Consultant at MSU in the College of Agriculture & Natural Resources, Jill Cords connects students with businesses to foster positive working experiences. On her second shift, she and her family raise cash crops and beef cattle in Charlotte. She’s also a 4-H leader in Eaton County. This year she plans to...


Mar 9, 2020

Dave Armstrong has been President and CEO of GreenStone Farm Credit Services since 2009.  He’s on several industry boards, he’s treasurer at his church, and he works out daily.  In fact, he and his wife Debra walk 2.5 miles almost every night – except when it rains.  In 2020, he’s looking forward to the 16...


Mar 2, 2020

Amy Laper of Anderson & Girls, is the second generation on her family’s Stanton farm. After graduating from MSU and working on an off-farm job, her parents asked her back, and she’s now been there for 25 years. They run a market, a gift shop, a bakery, a petting zoo, and have so many fall visitors, they can’t even...