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Agriculture truly is 'glorious summer'


Dr. Nevil Speer | May 16, 2018

The Population Bomb tried to stir up the "winter of our discontent," but agriculture has managed to fight off those predictions of peril.

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MDARD Director Gordon Wenk Selects Dr. James Averill as New Deputy Director

For immediate release: May 18, 2018
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Jennifer Holton, 517-284-5724

Lansing, MI – Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development Director Gordon Wenk has announced the selection of Dr. James Averill as the department’s deputy director, effective Monday, May 21, 2018.

Averill joined the MDARD team in August 2009 working in the department’s Animal Industry Division as the Bovine TB Eradication Program Coordinator. In June 2011, he became the Animal Industry Division Director and then added the role of state veterinarian to his duties just two years later.

“James’ passion for the agricultural industry—coupled with his leadership experience—made him an ideal fit for this role. I look forward to his advocacy for growth within Michigan’s food and agriculture industry,” said Wenk.

Averill received his bachelor’s degree in veterinary science from Michigan State University in 1999 and his doctorate of veterinary medicine in 2001 also from MSU. He resides in Webberville with his wife Donna.


Bridging the Gap Between the Environment, Human and Animal Health


"One Health Initiative" concept has been around for more than a decade. It looks at how the environment, human and animal health all connect.

The Beef Checkoff Promotional Board, along with NIAA, are taking the initiative a step further, studying disease transmission, antibiotic and antimicrobial resistance across the food chain.

AgDay national reporter Betsy Jibben talks with Joan Ruskamp, a feedlot owner and cattle producer in Dodge, Nebraska and Dr. Eric Moore, a veterinarian who is the co–chair of the Antibiotics Council of National Institute for Animal Agriculture.

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