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

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Jeff Krohn is the owner of Northern Thumb Crop Consulting (NTCC) as well as Oliver Grain Company.  Krohn works with his two sons and wife to manage the family farm, which produces wheat, corn, soybeans, dry beans, sugar beets and alfalfa in Owendale.

Krohn is a fifth-generation farmer, with a personal farming philosophy of feeding the world while making the soil better each year.  As such, his particular ag interests are soil health and the need to be sustainable on the land.

A charter member of the Great Lakes Yield Enhancement Network (YEN), Krohn was 2022 1st place YEN winner.  He also won the 2021 National Wheat Yield Contest, and the 2019 Nature Conservancy Impact on Soil Winner for Michigan.

Looking to the future, Krohn expects to see wheat yields improving, especially via genetics and the best applied practices.  “Winter wheat is in the soil longer than any other rotational crop we grow,” he said. “Therefore, wheat will be at the forefront of the new focus on ‘climate smart’ farming and sustainability.”

Krohn worked in ag retail for 11 years before beginning his NTCC consulting business in 2000, where he is most fulfilled by helping many farmers improve their own farm yields and soil health. Locally, he is a past Huron County Planning Commission member, a current Brookfield Township supervisor and has chaired multiple church committees.

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

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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: 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

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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

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I live in northern Shiawassee County where I farm 900 acres of wheat, corn and soybeans. I am a second-generation farmer which was started by my 92 year old father Robert, who is still actively working on the farm. My wife Peggy and I have been married for 38 years and are both retired teachers. I taught at Corunna High School as well as coached football, baseball, and served as the district’s Athletic Director. We have 3 adult children, twin sons, Ryan and Patrick and a daughter Lauren. I graduated from Alma College with a BA, and Central Michigan University with a MA. In my free time I enjoy hunting, golfing, and spending time at our cabin on the lake in Lake City. I thoroughly enjoy farming and am proud to serve the wheat growers of Michigan on the Michigan Wheat Board.

Jim Doyle

Member

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

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Jim Doyle 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

Member

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

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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 24 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.

Brad Kamprath

Member

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

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Brad has learned his love for agriculture through growing up as a fifth-generation farmer on property located in Ida, Michigan.  Brad’s heritage has given him an astute awareness of the value of agriculture not only to our immediate community, but also to our nation and our world. One of his goals is to share with the general public the important role agriculture plays in sustaining a high quality life in our society.

After completing Michigan State University’s Ag Tech program with a certificate in livestock management, Brad returned to the family farm and is now owner of Kamprath Farms, LLC.  In addition to producing cash crops of wheat, corn, soybeans and hay, he has developed a business of marketing mini straw bales to local farm stands—a value added commodity resulting from producing wheat.  Brad has enjoyed facilitating several wheat test plots for MSU as well as corn and soybean test plots sponsored by the seed company for which he is a sales representative.   

In addition to serving as part of the team at Michigan Wheat Growers Program, Brad has served on the Ida Township Planning Commission, and currently serves on the Agricultural Advisory Council for Monroe County Community College and the Board of Directors for Ida Farmers’ Co-Operative.  When he is not in the field, he can be found attending sporting events or spending time with his family. 

Sally McConnachie

Member

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

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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 and again in 2020.

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

Carl Wagner III

Member

Farm: C3 Seeds

Address: 11025 M-140 Niles  MI

Phone: 269-362-2059

Location: Niles (District 2)

Crops Grown: Wheat, barley, soybeans and rye for seed; corn

Appointed to MWP: 2020

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Carl Wagner III is the owner operator of C3 Seeds of Niles, growing wheat, barley, soybeans and rye for seed production. In addition, he grows corn.  His farming partners include his wife, parents and brother.

Wagner’s farming philosophy is to focus on his own impact in his family, community and on the land, where he works to provide better outcomes for all producers through collaboration and innovation.  Specifically, he is interested in soil health and resiliency, environmental impacts, economic sustainability and seedsmanship.

He joined the wheat board in 2020 “to learn from my fellow wheat farmers in the district and across the state, and to provide what I can to help sustain and promote Michigan wheat.”

In the future, Wagner believes wheat will play a huge role not only as a food commodity, but also as an integral part of an environmentally and agronomically viable crop rotation.

Carl Wagner holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Crop and Soil Agronomic Sciences from Michigan State University.  He is a member of Michigan Farm Bureau in Berrien County where he chairs the Young Farmer Program.  Wagner also serves on the board of the Michigan Crop Improvement Association.

David J. Milligan

EX-OFFICIO

Farm: Milligan Farms, LLC

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

Phone: 989-872-2937 (business)

Location: Cass City (ad hoc board member)

Crops Grown: Wheat, Corn, Soybeans, Dry Beans

Appointed to MWP: 2011, 2014, 2017, and 2019-2020, 2020-2021 President NAWG; 2021-22 Past President NAWG

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David Milligan farms in Cass City, located in Michigan’s “thumb”. He grows wheat, corn, soybeans and dry beans.

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 served as chairman of the board since its inception in 2011 until he was term limited off the board in 2020. 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 delete (currently serves) on American Farm Bureau Federation’s Wheat Committee.

In 2020 and 2021, Milligan was elected president of the National Association of Wheat Growers after being selected by wheat farmers from across the nation to work his way through the officer chain. He became Michigan’s first-ever NAWG board member in 2015, and has (delete 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.