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Videos highlight 2018 Michigan Master FarmersVideos highlight 2018 Michigan Master Farmers

Award recognizes outstanding farm management, innovation, conservation and leadership.

Jennifer Kiel

February 6, 2018

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2018 MASTER FARMERS: From left are Laura Moser, GreenStone Farm Credit Services; Jennifer Kiel, Michigan Farmer editor; Ed Cagney, Bob Ohse and Tom Braid, and Nicole Heslip, Brownfield Ag News.

In front of about 1,200 attendees of the Great Lakes Crop Summit Feb. 1, three Michigan growers joined an elite group known as Master Farmers.

Tom Braid of Durand, Ed Cagney of Scotts and Bob Ohse of Custer were named 2018 Michigan Master Farmers. Click on their names to see the videos.

Videos were developed to help tell their stories by Nicole Heslip and Shannon Yokley of Brownfield Ag News.

The award, presented by Michigan Farmer magazine, recognizes outstanding farm management, innovation, conservation and leadership. Honorees demonstrate how to farm more effectively, efficiently, environmentally and economically.

The award is named the same year that it’s given because it acknowledges a lifetime of achievement and not a single year.

All were nominated by peers and were chosen by a committee of agriculture industry leaders.

Master Farmers receive a plaque from Michigan Farmer magazine and a Carhartt jacket, donated by Carhartt. They also receive a $1,000 check, made possible by sponsors Michigan Agricultural Commodities, Greenstone Farm Credit Services and Wilbur-Ellis.

Sponsoring the venue and the summit were the Corn Marketing Program of Michigan, Michigan Soybean Promotion Committee and the Michigan Wheat Program.

About the Author(s)

Jennifer Kiel

Editor, Michigan Farmer

While Jennifer is not a farmer and did not grow up on a farm, "I think you'd be hard pressed to find someone with more appreciation for the people who grow our food and fiber, live the lifestyles and practice the morals that bind many farm families," she says.

Before taking over as editor of Michigan Farmer in 2003, she served three years as the manager of communications and development for the American Farmland Trust Central Great Lakes Regional Office in Michigan and as director of communications with Michigan Agri-Business Association. Previously, she was the communications manager at Michigan Farm Bureau's state headquarters. She also lists 10 years of experience at six different daily and weekly Michigan newspapers on her impressive resume.

Jennifer lives in St. Johns with her two daughters, Elizabeth, 19, and Emily 16.

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