Extension and AgBioResearch Council

MSU AgBioResearch engages in innovative, leading-edge research that combines scientific expertise with practical experience to generate economic prosperity, sustain natural resources and enhance quality of life. Michigan State University Extension helps people improve their lives by bringing the vast knowledge resources of MSU directly to individuals, communities and businesses. Through close collaboration, we pursue our land-grant mission to share new knowledge across Michigan, the nation and the world. 

We recognize that our work is better when citizens are engaged. The MSU Extension and AgBioResearch State Advisory Council members provide regular input about emerging issues, bring forth opportunities for new collaborations and resources, and share the importance of research and educational programming with policy makers and other stakeholders. The Council was founded in 1998 to ensure MSU Extension and AgBioResearch were, and continue to be, responsive to the issues of concern in local communities and across the industry.


Members

  • Vacant
    • MSU Extension District 1
  • Bruce Berkompas
    • MSU Extension District 2
    • Bruce brings expertise in the beef industry and local government.

  • Bernie Ware
    • MSU Extension District 3
    • Farmer and Educator
    • Bernie brings expertise in organic farming and local government.

  • Paul Grabstanowicz
    • MSU Extension District 4
    • District 4 Chairman/ 4H Leaders Council President
    • With many years working with a variety of 4-H clubs and youth, Paul provides us with a wide perspective of what the needs of adolescents are today.

  • Bill Anderson
    • MSU Extension District 5
    • Writer and Former Past President of West Shore Community College
    • Bill brings expertise in government, education, economic development and agritourism.

  • Christine Hammond, PhD
    • MSU Extension District 6
    • President of Mid Michigan Community College
    • Christine plays a key role in facilitating the partnership between MSUE in Clare County and Mid Michigan Community College.

  • Mary Jane Belter
    • MSU Extension District 7
    • Retired Elementary Educator
    • In her various volunteer roles for organizations and local governmental boards, Mary Jane brings expertise in policy and planning, parks and recreation, shooting sports and fishing education.
       
  • Vacant
    • MSU Extension District 8
       
  • Omar Sims
    • MSU Extension District 9 
    • Former Flint City Commissioner
    • Omar brings expertise in government, community revitalization and youth programming.
       
  • Vacant
    • MSU Extension District 10

  • Vacant
    • MSU Extension District 11

  • A.C. Alrey
    • MSU Extension District 11
    • Public Affairs and Urban Development Professional
    • A.C. brings expertise in community relations, economic development, strategic planning, community engagement, public administration and urban policies.

  • J-Jay Pechta
    • MSU Extension District 12
    • Educator
    • J-Jay brings expertise in education, health & nutrition, and children & youth development.

  • Barbara Rose
    • MSU Extension District 13
    • Retired Township Supervisor
    • Barbara brings expertise in Federal, State and local government, finance, land use/planning, recognizing the needs of underserved audiences and youth. Master planner with experience with minority farmers having coordinated the first grant for MIFFS.

  • Brad Jensen
    • MSU Extension District 14
    • Executive Director of Huron Pines
    • Brad brings an interest and experience in the restoration of the environment and in engaging the public in resource management.

  • Mary Kelpinski
    • AgBioResearch
    • CEO, Michigan Pork Producers
    • Mary brings her knowledge of the Michigan pork industry as well as her experience working on agricultural issues at both the state and national level.

  • John Mossner
    • AgBioResearch
    • Representing: Saginaw Valley Research and Extension Center
    • Crop farmer / Michigan Sugar Company District Director
    • John brings a rural perspective to the council, sharing experiences of life on the farm and in his community.

  • Jim Nugent
    • AgBioResearch
    • Fruit Grower
    • Jim brings expertise in fruit growing and his relationship with the Northwest Michigan Horticulture Research Center, as well as his past position as the Leelanau County Extension Director and current role as chair of the Michigan Tree Fruit Commission.

  • Kathy Antaya
    • Member-at-large
    • Kathy has expertise in urban farming, diversity and social justice.
       
  • Marguerite Cotto
    • Member-at-large
    • VP Lifelong and Professional Learn at Northwestern Michigan College
    • Marguerite brings expertise in community college collaboration in joint programming in agricultural technology and water resource management.

  • Gary Voogt
    • Member-at-large
    • Michigan Beef Cattle Industry
    • Gary brings expertise on the livestock industry.

  • Thomas Voigts
    • Member-at-large
    • Forestry
    • Thomas brings expertise in the areas of forestry, wood primary and secondary processing, economic development of the wood using industries and university support for industry through educational training and extension.

  • Steve Yanni
    • Member-at-large
    • Director of Research and Extension at Bay Mills Community College
    • Steve is the Land Grant Coordinator for Bay Mills and has expertise in community development, local food systems.
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