Dan Wieringa is our farmer.
Dan was born and raised on a beef and cropping farm in Ottawa County. Growing up, he farmed with his dad and uncle, milked cows and worked as a farm hand at a neighbor’s dairy farm, and participated in 4H and FFA. Dan carried on the family-farm tradition, grazing his own herd of Polled Hereford beef cattle. Dan majored in Agribusiness Management and came back to farming because he enjoys the lifestyle. He worked in the Allegan County NRCS office for two years helping sign up clients for cost-share assistance. Dan’s hands-on experience with agriculture and his time working for the USDA-NRCS in Allegan County make him a unique asset because he understands farmers and the nuances of NRCS programs.
James DeYoung is our certified CAP CNMP provider and DEQ permits specialist.
James works with farms to apply for and stay in compliance with the DEQ-CAFO permit. He also collaborates with farms to train employees, assists with record keeping, and writes nutrient management plans for farms of all sizes. As one of the first CAP certified CNMP providers in the state, James’ attention to detail and ability to develop realistic solutions have earned him the respect of farmers and government regulators alike. James enjoys talking with farmers and non-farmers alike to build bridges between communities. He feels that it is important for everyone to understand the various rules and government regulations, and frequently finds himself translating government rules into language anyone can understand. His experiences helping farmers work through compliance issues with EPA, DEQ, and MDARD, have resulted in being called upon to serve on the Manure Management GAAMPS review task force. James’ experience living overseas in Haiti, Honduras, Dominican Republic, and Mexico gives him a unique insight into the global nature of agriculture (and he speaks Spanish fluently). James purchased CJD Farm Consulting in 2014.
Eric Stoneburner is our agricultural support technician.
Eric is a graduate from Grand Valley State University with a Biology major. Eric grew up around agriculture in southern Michigan and started de-taselling corn for Pioneer in the summer of 2012. He returned the following summer to lead his own roving and de-taselling crew. More recently he worked for ALS Environmental Labs where he prepared samples for analysis. He enjoys field work and someday he would like to become an agronomist. Eric’s agricultural and laboratory experiences have taught him the importance of accurate record keeping and organization. Eric has been specializing in MDARD siting compliance and has helped 8 farms in the past couple of years to expand or build new facilities in agricultural appropriate areas.