Jeff and Alyssa VanderWerff were appointed to the American Farm Bureau Federationís Young Farmers & Ranchers Committee.
For the next two years a fruit farming couple from western Michigan will represent the state on the American Farm Bureau Federationís (AFBF) Young Farmers & Ranchers (YF&R) Committee.
Jeff and Alyssa VanderWerff of Casnovia were appointed to the committee in mid-December, and will begin their service in February 2013.
In partnership with his father Mark, uncle John and brother Joe, Jeff VanderWerff farms 2,200 acres in Kent, Ottawa and Muskegon counties. Based in Sparta, the operation raises apples, peaches, corn, soybeans and wheat.
Alyssa VanderWerff studies pediatric cancer as a clinical research coordinator at the VanAndel Institute in Grand Rapids. The couple has been married five and a half years.
A 1999 graduate of Sparta High School, Jeff VanderWerff studied agricultural business management at Michigan State University before embarking on a decade-long odyssey across a wide spectrum of agricultural retail work, including seed sales, delivery, spraying and management.
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