About

Michigan's dry edible beans

Michigan is known throughout the world as a top producer of dry edible beans for very good reason. Michigan works hard to grow and market world-class beans that reflect the place from which they came and the passionate commitment of the people involved.  The Michigan Bean Commission is headquartered in Frankenmuth, Michigan.  Frankenmuth is in the heart of the growing area, nearby State of Michigan governmental offices and research institutions such as Michigan State University and the University of Michigan.  We all benefit from the efforts of The Michigan Bean Commission. There are more than 1,100 growers and related agri-business associates registered with the Michigan Bean Commission who are dedicated to bringing consumers the highest quality dry beans. Michigan’s growers have a long history of production and are recognized worldwide as industry leaders.

Committees for the 2021-2022 year

Executive Committee:

  • Chairman – Kevin Noffsinger
  • Vice-Chairman – Steve Ewald
  • Treasurer – Ted Bauer

Production Research Advisory Board (PRAB)

  • Chairman – Steve Ewald
  • Kevin Noffsinger
  • Ted Bauer
  • Jessica Rader
  • Dan Hensler
  • Amy Sweeny
  • Dan Armbruster
  • Scott DeVuyst
  • Clint Stoutenburg, Alternate
  • Greg Ackerman, Alternate
  • JJ Metz, Alternate
  • Justin Edwards, Alternate

SVREC Advisory Board

  • Joe Cramer, Chair
  • Allen Bischer
  • Kevin Noffsinger
  • Clint Stoutenburg (Alternate)

Farm Produce Insurance Authority Board

  • Steve Ewald (June 2019 – June 2023)

US Dry Bean Council Representative

    • Greg Ackerman – Delegate
    • Clint Stoutenburg- Alternate

Commissioners by District:

District #1

Kevin Noffsinger - CHAIRMAN

3131 Worth Road
Pinconning, MI 48650
(989) 529-6449
Appointment: 1/1/17
Term expires: 12/31/22

District #2

Ted Bauer - treasurer

220 North Block Road
Reese, MI 48757
989-737-3596
Appointment: 1/1/21
Term expires: 12/31/23

District #3

Greg Ackerman

5486 Dixon Road
Vassar, Michigan 48768
(989) 529-6667
Appointment: 1/1/13
Term Expires: 12/31/21

District #4

Clinton Stoutenburg

80 North Stoutenburg Road
Sandusky, Michigan 48471
(810) 648-3253
Appointment: 1/1/09
Term Expires: 12/31/21

District #5

Allen Bischer

5072 Finkel Road
Minden City, Michigan 48456
(989) 553-0144
Appointment: 1/1/19
Term Expires: 12/31/21

District #6

Ross Voelker

934 South Caseville Road
Pigeon, Michigan 48755
989-550-1531
Appointment: 1/1/08
Term Expires: 12/31/22

District #7

Jessica Rader

8537 Gravel Ridge Road
Lakeview, MI 48850
989-529-1580
Appointment: 1/1/20
Term Expires: 12/31/22

at large

Steve Ewald - VICE CHAIR

393 West Dickerson Road
Unionville, Michigan 48767
989-550-8670
Appointment: 4/1/18
Term Expires: 12/31/20

shipper representative

Neil French

2455 Vassar Road
Reese, Michigan 48757
989-450-2993
Appointment: 1/1/13
Term Expires: 12/31/21

MDARD Representative

Heather Throne

P.O. Box 30017
Lansing, MI 48909
517-284-5736

MSU Dry bean specialist

Scott Bales

3775 South Reese Road
Frankenmuth, Michigan 48734
989-262-8550

Executive director

Joe Cramer

516 South Main St., Suite D
Frankenmuth, Michigan 48734
(989) 262-8550