Board Biographies

William H. Hunt (Chairman)

Farm: Hunt Farms, Inc.

Address: 12193 E. Richfield Rd., Davison, MI 48423

Phone: 810-653-2310 (business), 810-653-5824 (home), 810-653-7943 (fax)

Location: Davison (District 4)

Crops Grown: Wheat, Corn, Soybeans

Appointed to MWP:

About farming, Bill says that not all people know what they want to do in life.  I knew I wanted to be a farmer from an early age, but I wanted to be a good farmer.  I believe farming is a passion.  You either have it or you don’t.

“I strive for continued education for farmers, especially myself so I can do the best possible job as it relates to efficiency, marketing and a good steward of the land entrusted to me.  I believe I have one of the best jobs on earth. I have a part in feeding the world and I am proud to be an American Farmer,” he says.

In addition to serving as owner and president of Hunt Farms in Davison, Hunt is serving his third term on the MWP board.  He also serves on the County Committee for the Farm Service Agency and as vice president of the Genesee County Farm Bureau

Brent Wagner (Vice Chairman)

Farm: Wagner Farms, LLC

Address: 5537 County Road 635, 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. Wagner attended Northwestern Michigan College.

Art Loeffler (Secretary)

Farm: Star of the West Milling Co.

Address: 878 Zehnder Dr., Frankenmuth, MI 48734

Phone: 989-652-7032 (business), 989-652-6358 (fax)

Location: Frankenmuth (District 9)

Crops Grown:

Appointed to MWP: 2011, 2012, 2015, 2018

Bringing the market-side of the wheat business to the board is Art Loeffler, chairman of the board of Star of the West Milling Company. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business from Michigan State University.

As a miller, Loeffler explains that this sector is under increasing pressure from customers to demonstrate sustainability and show what the industry is doing to supply food to a growing population with limited resources.

He notes that the wheat industry is required to supply insect-free food, while at the same time the US Environmental Protection Agency continues to eliminate fumigants without allowing the needed time to identify a safe replacement.

Loeffler has also served as controller of Star of the West, and previously as an internal auditor for Kraft Foods, and an auditor at the Yeo & Yeo CPA firm. Loeffler played a leadership role in the temporary committee of wheat farmers with the vision to create the Michigan Wheat Program. He was appointed in 2012 and re-appointed in 2015 and 2018.  He has served as vice chair, before assuming the secretary position.

Anthony Bohac (Treasurer)

Farm: Bohac Farms

Address: Owosso

Phone:

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.

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

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: Ida, MI

Phone:

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.

Jeff Krohn

Farm: Krohn Acres

Address: Owendale

Phone:

Location: Ida (District 3) 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.

Sally McConnachie

Farm: Dave's Dirt, LLC

Address: 2820 Forester Rd., Deckerville, MI 48427

Phone: (810) 376-3545 (home/FAX)

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

Address:

Phone:

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, 2017. 2019-2020 serves as President of National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG); board liaison to NAWG

 

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.