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Photo by. Kathy Siler, the 2017 Michigan Farm Bureau Agricultural promoter of the year.

You might not know her by name, but you’ve probably seen her around town promoting local agriculture at the Chelsea Community Fair, in the schools, or during National Ag Day.

And, you can’t help but be dazzled by her smile and swept away by her passion for educating folks about all aspects of agriculture.

I’d like to formally introduce you to Kathy Siler.

And although she lives in Freedom Township, Chelsea area farmers could not have a better friend. She has the uncanny ability to explain the complicated aspects of farming to anyone. Especially someone like me who can then accurately report them to all of you.

Siler and I have spent countless hours during the last 15 or so years discussing all things farming. She is truly a friend of farmers and is as knowledgeable about the crops they produce as she is about the animals they raise.

Siler has never missed an opportunity to spread the word about all the amazing things farmers do for us — many of them that we take for granted or just don’t understand.

Kathy Siler eats, lives and breathes local agriculture and relishes the opportunity to let others know about it, too.

For that and so much more,  she was recently recognized for her many, many years of work promoting and educating the rest of us about the many aspects of farming as the 2017 Michigan Farm Bureau Agriculture Promoter of the Year.

Photo by Laura Stidham. Nancy Thelen, Lynda Horning, Kathy Siler, Katelyn Packard

I can’t think of a more deserving person.

“I am humbled and honored to be named the 2017 Michigan Farm Bureau Agriculture Promoter of the Year,” she said, adding, “It has been a privilege to help promote agriculture and share farmers stories for more than 14 years in my role as communications chair and Promotion and Education volunteer for Washtenaw County Farm Bureau.”

And, it’s been my privilege and honor to help spread this wonderful news — without first having to ask for Siler’s help with it.  

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