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ABOUT US

 

The Agribusiness Talent Council of West Michigan works to attract talent, promote the industry and provide training and resources to employers.

WHAT WE DO

Formed in 2018, the Agribusiness Talent Council was created to address the similar challenges and needs as it relates to talent in the Agribusiness Industry. Agribusinesses are made up of Farms, Food Processors and Manufacturers and Animal raising businesses to name a few.

 

With Agriculture being a top 5 industry in the State of Michigan, we set out to form a council to address these common challenges in attracting talent, promote the industry and to provide training and resources to employers in Agribusiness. The council is made up of employers and community partners, representing 7 counties in West Michigan.

OUR MEMBERS

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Chief Operating Officer,

Kent Quality Foods

CRAIG ARENDS

Program Coordinator, MSU Institute of Agricultural Technology, Muskegon CC

CLARENCE RUDAT
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Industry Council Lead-Agribusiness, West Michigan Works!

KYLE TARKINGTON
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Economic Development Coordinator, Ottawa County

BECKY HUTTENGA
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Lead Trainer, Hearthside Food Solutions

DIANNE SMIT
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Human Resources, Dykhuis Farms

JESSICA VANDENBOSCH
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Director of Business Solutions,

West Michigan Works!

AMY LEBEDNICK
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Director of College and Career Readiness, Kent ISD

CARY STAMAS
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Training Supervisor, Hearthside Food Solutions

CURT WEISS

Director of Operations, Koeze Company

BEN ZORN

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