Chuck Lippstreu has been chosen as the next president of the Michigan Agri-Business Association. The announcement was made Nov. 7 by the MABA board of directors. Lippstreu will lead the association upon the retirement of current MABA President Jim Byrum in February. He will join the association effective Jan. 2.
Lippstreu is well-known to many in Michigan agriculture, having worked with MABA as well as many agribusinesses and allied interests on key issues, strategic communications and advocacy in recent years.
“In addition to his policy expertise, Chuck understands what makes Michigan agriculture unique,” says Jim Doyle, chairman of the MABA executive committee and senior vice president of King Milling Co. “He will continue to be an outstanding advocate for Michigan’s agriculture and rural sectors as president of MABA.”
“Many MABA members have worked closely with Chuck and know the commitment, passion and background he brings to our industry,” Byrum says. “I am proud that our association is known as the go-to resource for our members, as well as leaders in Lansing and Washington, and Chuck is well-positioned to carry on this positive momentum and serve our members well.”
NEW PRESIDENT: Chuck Lippstreu will lead MABA upon the retirement of current President Jim Byrum in February.
Lippstreu currently serves on the communications team at Land O’Lakes Inc., where his work spans many issues and industry segments, including ag retail, technology, animal nutrition and sustainability. Before joining Land O’Lakes, Lippstreu managed a wide range of MABA activities and worked with agricultural organizations across Michigan in his role with Byrum and Fisk Communications.
Lippstreu previously served at USDA, first as an adviser to the Farm Service Agency administrator and subsequently as speechwriter for Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack.
“It’s an honor to lead an organization that has earned a reputation across our state and nation as a proactive, engaged, forward-looking advocate for agriculture,” Lippstreu says. “Michigan agriculture is unique, and MABA’s members, leaders and staff do outstanding work every day to tell that story. There is no more important time for agriculture to be at the table on key issues than right now, and I look forward to getting to work.”
Originally from Lincoln, Neb., Lippstreu earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Nebraska.