“Michigan relies on rail lines to transport its diverse portfolio of crops, fruit and vegetables to other states and overseas markets. The health of our railway system is crucial to maintaining our position as a global leader in agricultural goods.”

Jim Byrum is the President of the Michigan Agri-Business (MABA), and has served in this role for more than 20 years. Prior to joining MABA, Byrum was the State Executive Director of the Michigan Farm Service Agency and before that he served as the Executive Director of the Michigan Bean Commission.

Byrum is a strong advocate for Michigan agriculture, and has extensive experience in the public policy arena, working closely with members of Congress and the state legislature on a variety of issues over the years. He also has considerable experience working to expand markets both domestically and internationally. Byrum lives with his wife on the family farm in Onondaga, the fourth generation of Byrums to do so. They have two children and four grandchildren.

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