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Michigan Seed Potato Advisory Committee Gets New Members
Michigan Ag Connection - 04/02/2024

MDARD Director Dr. Tim Boring has made significant appointments to the Michigan Seed Potato Advisory Committee, enhancing its expertise and diversity. With the aim of bolstering the committee's role in advising on seed potato regulations and enforcement, these appointments bring fresh perspectives and seasoned experience to the table.

The recent appointments include both new faces and familiar experts:


Tim Kunze: Representing commercial growers, Kunze brings 12 years of farming experience, particularly in potatoes and sweet potatoes, to the table. He oversees operations at Black Gold Farms, a prominent player in the potato industry across nine states.

Jeff Thorlund: With 32 years of farming under his belt, Thorlund offers a wealth of experience in managing potato cultivation alongside other crops like corn and wheat. He sits on various industry boards, including the Potato Growers of Michigan Board and the Simplot Grower Advisor Council.

Dr. Jaime Willbur: As a representative of Michigan State University, Dr. Willbur brings expertise in potato and sugar beet pathology to the committee. With a Ph.D. in Plant Pathology and extensive research experience, she adds valuable academic insight.

New Appointments:

Elizabeth Dorman: Dorman joins as a representative of MDARD, leveraging her extensive experience in plant pathology and laboratory management. With a background in environmental biology and plant pathology, she has been a pivotal part of MDARD since 2003.

Bryan Fischer: Representing the Michigan Seed Potato Association (MSPA), Fischer brings his expertise as a seed potato grower and association chair. Operating acres of farmland in Kalkaska, Fischer's practical insights will be invaluable to the committee.

These appointments mark a significant step in ensuring the Michigan Seed Potato Advisory Committee remains well-equipped to address the evolving challenges and opportunities in the potato industry. For more information on MDARD's programs or the Seed Potato Advisory Committee, visit their website for detailed insights and resources.

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