Board Biographies

Jeff Krohn (Chairman)

Farm: NTCC, Inc.

Address: 3232 Hartsell Rd., Owendale MI 48754

Phone: 989-551-5434 (business)

Location: Owendale (District 7)

Crops Grown: Wheat, Corn, Soybeans, Dry Beans, Sugar Beets, Alfalfa

Appointed to MWP: 2020

Jeff Krohn is the owner of Northern Thumb Crop Consulting and manages his own family farm, Krohn Acres, which produces wheat, corn, soybeans, dry beans, sugar beets and alfalfa.

Brent Wagner (Vice Chairman)

Farm: Wagner Farms, LLC

Address: 5537 County Road 633, Grawn, MI 49637

Phone: (231) 642-0965

Location: Grawn (District 8)

Crops Grown: Wheat, Corn, Soybeans

Appointed to MWP: 2016, 2019

Brent Wagner joined the Michigan Wheat Program board at its August 2016 meeting. He raises beef cattle and cash crops at Wagner Farms, LLC, a family partnership. Wagner Farms is also a designated Centennial Farm in northern Michigan.

Wagner has served as chair of the Farm Service Agency, and currently serves on the board of the Traverse City Michigan Farm Bureau. He attended Northwestern Michigan College.

Lyn Uphaus (Secretary)

Farm: Uphaus Farms

Address: 14324 Pleasant Lake Rd., Manchester MI 48158

Phone: 734-341-6385 (business)

Location: Manchester (District 4)

Crops Grown:

Appointed to MWP: 2021

Uphaus a wheat farmer in Manchester represents District 4.  While it is his first term on the Michigan Wheat Program Board, he has also served on the board and chaired the Corn Marketing Program of Michigan for nine years and served 13 years on the board at Greenstone Farm Credit, including five years as chairman.

Locally, Uphaus has served on his school board. At Uphaus Farms, he grows corn, wheat and soybeans, as well as feeding beef.

Uphaus became involved in commodity organizations because of his interest in production and marketing, and to make a difference for growers by providing leadership in the organization to improve grower profitability.

Anthony Bohac (Treasurer)

Farm: Bohac Farms

Address: Owosso

Phone: 989-413-8486

Location: Owosso (District 6)

Crops Grown: Wheat, Corn, Soybeans

Appointed to MWP: 2019

A new board member, Bohac is a retired teacher, coach and administrator for the Corunna Public Schools system. He currently operates his family’s wheat, soybean and corn farm.

Bohac replaces Frank Vyskocil, former board treasurer from New Lothrop.

Jim Doyle

Farm: King Milling

Address: 115 S. Broadway, PO Box 99, Lowell, MI 49331

Phone: 616-897-9264 (business)

Location: Lowell (District 9)

Crops Grown: Representing millers on the Board

Appointed to MWP: 2021

Jim Doyle is senior vice president at King Milling in Lowell, and will represent Michigan’s milling community on the wheat board.  He holds a BS in business from Michigan State University.

Doyle has twice served as president of the Michigan Millers Association, has served as president of the International Association of Operative Millers, and chairman of the Michigan Agri-Business Association Board.  Locally, he is active in the Lowell Lions Club, Chamber of Commerce and currently serves as president of the Lowell Area Historical Museum.

Doyle wanted to join the MWP Board because it “has been a tremendous success for growers, end users and all those involved with the Michigan wheat industry.  The MWP board and management have done an outstanding job.  I look forward to using my experience and perspective to further this growth and success.”

 

Jason Dunning

Farm: Dunning Farms, LLC

Address: 6716 W. 32nd St., Fremont, MI 49412

Phone: 231-578-9352

Location: Fremont (District 1)

Crops Grown: Wheat, Corn, Soybeans, Dairy Cattle

Appointed to MWP: 2018, 2021

Jason Dunning is an acting partner in Dunning Farms, LLC, a 5th-generation farm with heifers and cash crops including wheat.  He holds a B.S. in agribusiness management from Michigan State University, and has worked in agronomy for the last 18 years. He is currently district sales manager in West Michigan for a seed company.

Since he was young, Jason has had a passion for farming, feeding the world and taking care of the land.  He pursued those interests on the family farm, paying special attention to balancing soil fertility as perhaps the best way to maximize return on investment.

Dunning was attracted to the educational presentations at the Michigan Wheat Program’s Annual Winter Grower Meeting.  “Wheat has always been my favorite crop to grow due to the yield potential that we have yet to unlock,” Dunning said.

Dunning is a Michigan Farm Bureau member, and has served on the board of the Newaygo Conservation District and the Newaygo County Fair.  He is a church deacon, youth leader in the community and the married father of four children.

Brad Kamprath

Farm: Kamprath Farms, LLC

Address: 4868 Geiger Rd., Ida, MI 48140

Phone: 734-755-7053 (business)

Location: Ida (District 3)

Crops Grown: Wheat, Corn, Soybeans

Appointed to MWP: 2019

Brad Kamprath and his family are owners of Kamprath Farms, LLC, a wheat, corn and soybean farm in Monroe County.  Kamprath’s daughters show livestock at the county fair.

He replaces Gerald Heck, who had served on the Michigan Wheat Program board since its inception in 2011.

Sally McConnachie

Farm: Dave's Dirt, LLC

Address: 2820 Forester Rd., Deckerville, MI 48427

Phone: (810) 300-1217

Location: Deckerville (District 5)

Crops Grown: Wheat, Sugar Beets, Dry Beans, Corn, Soybeans

Appointed to MWP: 2014, 2017, 2020

Sally McConnachie farms in partnership with her husband, their daughter and son-in-law.  She has been employed on the farm for 36 years.

Over the years, Dave’s Dirt has added profitability to the crops they produce by investing in value-added ventures and grower cooperatives.  In addition to professional experience on and off the farm, Sally served as the township’s elected treasurer for eight years.

Soon after being appointed to the MWP board in May 2014, McConnachie graduated from the prestigious Wheat Industry Leaders of Tomorrow program held in St. Louis, Missouri.  She was re-appointed to the board by the governor in 2017.

McConnachie is a member of Michigan Farm Bureau and other business organizations.

Carl Wagner III

Farm: Wagner Family Farms and C3 Seeds

Address: 11025 M-140, Niles, MI 49120

Phone: 269-362-2059

Location: Niles (District 2)

Crops Grown: Wheat

Appointed to MWP: 2020

Carl Wagner III is a member of Wagner Family Farms; a retail agronomist for Co-Alliance, LLP; and the owner and operator of C3 Seeds of Niles. Wagner holds a Bachelor of Science in Crop and Soil Agronomic Sciences from Michigan State University.

David J. Milligan (Ad Hoc Board Member)

Farm: Milligan Farms, LLC

Address: 6179 Bay City Forestville Rd., Cass City, MI 48726

Phone: 989-872-2937 (business), 989-872-2937 (home), 989-872-3257 (fax)

Location: Cass City (ad hoc board member)

Crops Grown: Wheat, Corn, Soybeans, Dry Beans

Appointed to MWP: 2011, 2014, 2019-2021 President NAWG; MWP Board liaison

David Milligan farms in Cass City, located in Michigan’s “thumb” and serves as chairman of the board.

He played an important role on the temporary committee of wheat farmers who drafted guidelines and worked to gain passage of the wheat check-off.  Milligan has been chairman of the board since its inception in 2011. He has previously served on the board of Michigan’s Dry Bean commission, was chair of the National Dry Bean Board, has been involved in Farm Bureau’s commodity committees on the state and national levels and currently serves on American Farm Bureau Federation’s Wheat Committee.

In 2020, Milligan was elected president of the National Association of Wheat Growers. He became Michigan’s first-ever NAWG board member in 2015, and has represented served on most every NAWG committee including Domestic & Trade Policy Committee, Joint International Trade Policy, Environment & Renewable Resources, Joint Biotechnology, Operations & Planning, Budget, Nominating Committee and Research & Technology, of which he was chair.