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MDARD Director Clover Adams Elected to NASDA Board

Agency: Agriculture and Rural Development

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 29, 2016 Media contact: Jessy Sielski, 517-284-5725

LANSING – Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development Director Jamie Clover Adams was recently elected Secretary-Treasurer of the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture. The election took place on September 24, 2016, during the NASDA annual meeting in Lincoln, Nebraska. This is the first time in more than 20 years that Michigan’s Director has served on the NASDA board.

As Secretary-Treasurer, Clover Adams will serve on the NASDA executive committee, chair the Audit and Finance Committee, serve as board liaison to the auditors and manage the board’s review of and action related to the board’s financial responsibilities. She will serve a one-year term. 

“It’s an honor to be elected to this position, and I feel fortunate to represent Michigan at the national level,” said Clover Adams. “NASDA is one of the most effective ways to bring farmers, consumers, industry professionals, legislators, policy-makers, and researchers together to address common issues in agriculture. I’m looking forward to my new role as the organization continues to work with partners and stakeholders to address critical long-term issues.” 

Jamie Clover Adams was appointed by Governor Rick Snyder in July 2012. Prior to becoming MDARD director, she worked in various governmental leadership roles for nearly 25 years, including the Michigan Senate, as well as director of the Kansas Department of Agriculture from 1999-2003. She earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan and a master’s degree in public policy from Georgetown University. 

NASDA is a nonpartisan, nonprofit association that represents the elected and appointed commissioners, secretaries, and directors of the departments of agriculture in all 50 states and four U.S. territories. NASDA’s mission is to grow and enhance agriculture by forging partnerships and creating consensus to achieve sound policy outcomes between state departments of agriculture, the federal government, and stakeholders.

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