College of Agriculture & Natural Resources
Director of Government and Stakeholder Relations
446 W Circle Drive
East Lansing MI 48824 US
Department of Community Sustainability
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Dr. Dru Montri is the Director of Government and Stakeholder Relations for MSU’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR), MSU Extension, AgBioResearch and the College of Veterinary Medicine. In this role, she works closely with elected and appointed officials and their staff members, MSU government relations staff and administrators, and key stakeholders to advance the interests of MSU. She is also an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Community Sustainability.
Dr. Montri grew up in Frankenmuth, Michigan. She was introduced to the agricultural industry through her family’s third-generation meat processing business, Bernthal Packing. She received a Bachelor of Science in Horticulture from MSU, a Master of Science in Horticulture from The Pennsylvania State University, and a dual degree Doctor of Philosophy in Horticulture and Community, Agriculture, Recreation and Resource Studies with a Graduate Specialization in Gender, Justice and Environmental Change from MSU.
Alongside her husband, Adam, Dr. Montri owns and operates Ten Hens Farm in Bath, Michigan. Their diversified vegetable farm has a strong focus on season extension utilizing six production hoophouses, totaling approximately 17,000 square feet in addition to greenhouse and field production.
In addition to managing their own farm, Dr. Montri has been committed to regional food system work since the early 2000s. She was the Executive Director of the Michigan Farmers Market Association (MIFMA) from 2006 to 2017. Together with a diverse group of stakeholders, she led MIFMA’s organizational development and strategic planning in support of the organization’s mission to create a thriving marketplace for local food and farm products. At the same time, she remained involved with the Michigan meat industry through her role as Executive Secretary of the Michigan Meat Association from 2010 to 2017.
Dr. Montri is serving her second term on the Governor appointed bipartisan Michigan Commission of Agriculture and Rural Development. The Commission has the responsibility to recommend, and in some cases determine, policy on food, agricultural, and rural development issues.
She believes that the overlapping nature of her work with MSU, owning and operating their own farm, and serving on the Commission of Agriculture and Rural Development strengthen and support each other. She is also the proud mother of two daughters, Lydia and Alison, and enjoys spending free time with family and friends, cooking, reading, traveling, and enjoying the beautiful outdoors.