The Michigan Commission of Agriculture and Rural Development elected new officers during its March 27 meeting in St. Johns.
The commission, which has the responsibility to recommend — and in some cases determine — policy on food, agricultural and rural development issues, elected three of its members to new leadership positions.
Trever Meachum of Hartford, Mich., was elected chairman of the commission. Meachum is the production manager for High Acres Fruit Farm, a 3,000-acre fruit, vegetable and cash crop farm in Van Buren County.
He farms with his parents and two brothers, serves as the secretary of the Hartford Township Planning Commission and is a member of the Michigan Agricultural Cooperative Association Apple Committee.
Brian Pridgeon of Montgomery, Mich., was elected vice chairman of the commission. Pridgeon is the owner of Pridgeon Farms, a seventh-generation hog farm that markets 70,000 animals annually.
He is the secretary of the Michigan Pork Producers board of directors and the young farmer chairman and executive committee member of the Branch County Farm Bureau.
Dru Montri of Bath, Mich., was elected secretary of the commission. Montri and her husband, Adam, own and operate Ten Hens Farm, a year-round vegetable farm in Bath.
She also works as director of governmental affairs and stakeholder relations for the Michigan State University College of Agriculture and Natural Resources and College of Veterinary Medicine. Montri has a bachelor’s degree in horticulture from MSU and a master’s degree in horticulture from Penn State University.
She also holds a Ph.D. in horticulture and community, agriculture, recreation and resource studies from MSU.