Blaine Baker appointed to corn marketing board 2012.07.25

Written by David Green.

A Clayton farmer was appointed to the state corn marketing board.

Each year, highly qualified corn farmers from across the state are chosen by the governor to serve on the Corn Marketing Program of Michigan (CMPM) board of directors. After being nominated by his peers, Blaine Baker was recently appointed by Gov. Rick Snyder to fill an open position on the CMPM board.

Baker, co-owner of Bakerlads Farm in Clayton, brings nearly 40 years of farming experience to the CMPM board. He serves as vice chairman of the Lenawee Conservation District and is past president of the Lenawee County Farm Bureau. He earned a bachelor’s degree in agricultural production from Michigan State University, and will represent District 4 growers, replacing Brian Kreps.

Baker will serve a three-year term which expires March 5, 2015, and his appointment is subject to the advice and consent of the Senate

The CMPM, established by Public Act 232 of 1965, allows for the establishment of check-off programs for commodities grown in Michigan and sold. Since its origin in 1993, one penny for every bushel of corn grown in Michigan and sold is used by the CMPM to promote the advancement of Michigan’s corn industry through research, education, market development and new uses.

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