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Dan’s Background



June 1985 – Bachelor of Science in Agriculture Economics with an Emphasis on Marketing – Michigan State University
May 1981 – Graduate with Honors and Class President – Capac High School, Capac, Michigan


Eastern Michigan Grain – Purchased a company of $1 Million annual sales with two full-time employees in November of 1993.  As of 2011 annual sales were $35 Million with 10 full-time and 10 seasonal employees.

Positions Held

November 1993 to Present – General Manager of Eastern Michigan Grain – Responsible for leadership, growth and integrity of EMG and its employees, liaison with parent company, grain merchandising and origination, administration, and regulation.

February 1991 to January 1993 – Program Director with W.K. Kellogg Foundation – Evaluate, recommend, and administer agricultural and rural development grants within the Continental U.S. and sub-Saharan West Africa

June 1988 to February 1991 – Legislative Representative with National Milk Producers Foundation – Communicate, Inform, and Educate US Congress, staff and Administration

June 1987 to June 1988 – Legislative Assistant to Congressman Bill Schuette – Prepared congressional testimony, floor statements, speeches and briefings for Member and constituency as appropriate for Agriculture Committee and other issues of responsibility, managed Member’s vote justification system


Market Moves, EMG Field Watch, 1998 to Present – Annually write 15 commodity market Opinion Editorials

News for Co-Ops, NMPF Member Newsletter – Write weekly legislative update

Professional Organizations

Michigan Agri-Business Association, Michigan Farm Bureau, American Society of Agronomy, American Soybean Association, National Grain and Feed Association, Grain Elevator and Processor Society

Volunteer Experience

Church Council, Church Stewardship Committee, Church Usher, Former Chairman of the Brockway Township Recreation Council, Former Chairman of the St. Clair County Soil Conservation Service, St. Clair County MSU Extension Education Advisory Board, St. Clair County March of Dimes

Licenses and Certifications

Nationally and State Certified Crop Advisor, State of Michigan Restricted Use Pesticide Applicator