Mar 31, 2011
Michigan governor appoints apple committee members

Governor Rick Snyder announced appointments to the Michigan Apple Committee.

“Agriculture is one of the bright spots of Michigan’s economy,” Snyder said. “I look forward to working with the leaders of the agriculture industry to ensure continued job growth.”

This committee is dedicated to improving the profitability of Michigan’s fresh and processed apple industries.

Damon Glei is appointed; Gary Bartley and Kevin Winkel are reappointed.

Glei, of Hillsdale, is the manager and partial-owner of Glei’s Inc., a year-round farm market with 370 acres offering homegrown apples, Christmas trees, fresh made cider, summer vegetables and florist flowers. He replaces Mike Beck and represents District 7 growers.

Bartley, of Dowagiac, is the owner of Bartley Farms, farming 414 acres of apples and fresh vegetables. Approximately 75 percent of his apple crop is marketed as fresh and packaged in his packing house. He earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Valparaiso University. He represents District 1growers.

Winkel, of Lawrence, is the owner of Winkel Orchards, farming 149 acres of apples and tart cherries. He is also the owner of Forevermore Praise Music Publishing Co. and Orchardview Studio. Winkel earned a bachelor’s degree in horticulture/pomology from Michigan State University. He represents District 2 growers.

Appointees serve three-year terms expiring on April 1, 2014, and are subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.

State of Michigan press release

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