January 10, 2012
by Rosemary Parker
Hartford farmer appointed to
Michigan Commission of Agriculture and Rural Development
— Trever Meachum, production manager of High Acres Fruit
Farm in Hartford, has been appointed by Gov. Rick Snyder to a 4-year term on
the Michigan Commission of Agriculture and Rural Development.
Meachum, 41, owns a 1,000-acre fruit, vegetable and cash crop farm with his
parents and brothers.
The five-member commission provides oversight and
executive direction for the programs of the
Michigan Department of Agriculture
and Rural Development.
Hartford apple producer Trever
Meachum of Paw Paw River Produce wipes a new SweeTango apple in this file
photo from last growing season.
Mark Bugnaski / Kalamazoo Gazette
as the secretary for the Hartford Township Planning Commission and is board
clerk for the Hartford Federated Church. He also is chairman of the Michigan
Apple Research Committee and finance chair of the International Fruit Tree
He is a past president of the Michigan Vegetable
Council. Meachum is a past president of the Van Buren County Farm Bureau
and has served on several county Farm Bureau committees.
At the state level, Meachum served on a special farm
bill advisory committee appointed by the Michigan Farm Bureau board of directors
Meachum is a member of the board of directors of the
Michigan Agricultural Cooperative Marketing Association (MACMA), and serves on
the group's Michigan Processing Apple Growers Marketing Committee.
In 2002, he won MFB's Outstanding Young Agricultural
Leader Award, which recognizes a successful young farmer for outstanding
leadership roles in Farm Bureau, agriculture, and the recipient's local
"The Michigan Farm Bureau appreciates Governor Snyder's
selection of Trever Meachum to help represent Michigan's vital food and farming
industry on the Michigan Commission of Agriculture and Rural Development," said
MFB President Wayne H. Wood in a news release from the organization.
"Trever Meachum is an outstanding choice for the
position, and he will be an asset for the commission."
Trever is a 1989 Hartford High School Graduate.