LANSING — State Rep. Winnie Brinks (D-Grand Rapids) has been appointed to the House Agriculture Committee, taking the place of former state Rep. John Kivela, who passed away last month. Rep. Brinks will serve on the committee until Kivela’s replacement takes office.

“It’s an honor to be asked to carry on the work of my colleague and friend, John Kivela, and to serve on the House Agriculture Committee,” Rep. Brinks said. “Agriculture is one of our state’s largest industries, touching the lives of every family in Michigan. Michigan agriculture faces significant challenges, but also numerous opportunities. I will work hard to find solutions that support farm families, agricultural businesses and consumers throughout our state.”

Agriculture has been important to Brinks throughout her life. She grew up on a dairy farm, and her daily chores included feeding calves before and after school and putting up hay in the summer. “My father served as president of the Farm Bureau and was actively engaged in agriculture policy discussions,” said Rep. Brinks, “so I am pleased to continue his legacy.”  

“My experience growing up on a family farm made me who I am today, and taught me about hard work, duty and perseverance,” Rep. Brinks said. “I look forward to helping Michigan agriculture thrive, so that the next generation of Michigan farm families can look forward to the same experiences and opportunities that farming provides.”