LANSING, Mich. – Gov. Rick Snyder today announced the reappointments of Brian Altonen, of Kewadin, and Jim Nugent, of Suttons Bay, to the Michigan Cherry Committee.
The nine-member committee was established in 1965 and works to develop and implement marketing efforts for Michigan’s cherry industry.
“The cherry market and agricultural industry are crucial parts of Michigan’s economy,” said Snyder. “I am confident Brian and Jim will continue to effectively serve.”
Altonen is owner and manager of a fourth-generation farm, Altonen Orchards, where he grows 140 acres of cherries, 40 acres of apples, 20 acres of pears, eight acres of peaches, 40 acres of sweet corn and 20 acres of other field crops. He holds a bachelor’s degree in food systems economics and management from Michigan State University.
Nugent is partner and operator of Sunblossom Orchards, where he grows 30 acres of tart cherries and 11 acres of sweet cherries. Previously, he worked as a district horticultural agent for Michigan State University Extension and coordinator for the NW Michigan Horticultural Research Station. Nugent earned a bachelor’s degree in horticulture and a master’s degree in entomology, both from Michigan State University.
Appointees will represent District 1 tart cherry growers and serve three-year terms that expire Feb. 1, 2015. Their appointments are subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.
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