FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 7, 2005
Governor Granholm Signs Executive Order
“The council will help us cultivate a safe and healthy
food supply for all residents while building on
The council was established by Executive Order 2005-13,
which Granholm signed today. The council’s goals include expanding
businesses and jobs across food-related sectors in the state, increasing access
to fresh and healthy Michigan-grown foods, including for school children,
low-income families, at-risk seniors, and inner-city residents, promoting the
purchase and consumption of Michigan-grown and Michigan-processed foods, and
identifying strategies to enhance connections between
The council will consist of 21 members, including 15 gubernatorial appointees. The Directors of the Department of Agriculture, the Department of Community Health, the Department of Environmental Quality, the Department of Human Services, the Department of Labor and Economic Growth, and the Superintendent of Public Instruction will serve as ex officio members of the council.
A final report must be presented to the Governor by October 1, 2006.
Appointments to the council include:
Wayne Wood of Sanilac, president of the
Michigan Farm Bureau, appointed to represent
Jim Byrum of Onondaga, president of the
Michigan Agri-Business Association, appointed to represent
Cheryl Kobernik of
Michael Hamm of Mason, C.S. Mott Chair of Sustainable Agriculture, appointed to represent institutions of higher education.
Leland Wheaton of
Mattie Jordan-Woods of
Dennis West of Marquette, president of Northern Initiatives, appointed to represent rural development activities.
Jane Marshall of Lansing, CEO of the Food Bank Council of Michigan, appointed to represent anti-hunger organizations.
Giancarlo Guzman of
Justin Rashid of Petoskey, owner of American Spoon, appointed to represent food processors.
Jim Herbert of Lansing, CEO of Neogen Corporation, appointed to represent non-food manufacturers.
Todd Wickstrom of
The work of the Michigan Food Policy Council will be funded primarily by a grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.
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