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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 talent challenges in the agribusiness industry. The agribusiness industry includes farms, food processors and manufacturers, and animal-raising businesses, just to name a few.

 

With agriculture being a top five industry in Michigan, we set out to form a council to address employers' common talent challenges. The council focuses on attracting talent, promoting the industry, and providing training and resources for employers. The council is made up of employers and community partners, representing seven counties in West Michigan: Allegan, Barry, Ionia, Kent, Montcalm, Muskegon and Ottawa.

OUR MEMBERS

Industry Council Lead - West Michigan Works!

KARRIE BROWN
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Human Resources Manager, Leprino Foods

JULIE SUAREZ
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Economic Development Coordinator, Ottawa County

BECKY HUTTENGA
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Enhancement Director, Riveridge Produce Marketing INC.

JAMIE KOBER
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Director of Business Solutions,

West Michigan Works!

AMY LEBEDNICK
AMY LEBEDNICK
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Directory/Principal

Allegan Tech Center

RICH OKONIEWSKI
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Human Resources Director, Herbruck's Poultry Ranch

JILL MACDOUGALL
JILL MACDOUGALL

Program Coordinator, MSU Institute of Agricultural Technology, Muskegon CC

CLARENCE RUDAT
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Lead Trainer, Hearthside Food Solutions

DIANNE SMIT
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Human Resources, Dykhuis Farms

JESSICA VANDENBOSCH

Chief Financial Officer, Revolution Farms

TIM VOGELZANG

Director of Operations, Koeze Company

BEN ZORN

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