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Chuck Lippstreu Joins The Nature Conservancy’s Michigan Board of Trustees

MABA president a leading voice on agricultural issues across Michigan

The edge of the Saginaw Bay in the foreground with rows of crops in the distance.
The Saginaw Bay Lying within Lake Huron, the Saginaw Bay is located on the eastern side of Michigan. It is between Michigan's Thumb region and the rest of the Lower Peninsula. © Fauna Creative

The Nature Conservancy (TNC) — a global conservation organization dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends — today announced Chuck Lippstreu is joining its Michigan Board of Trustees. Lippstreu is president of the Michigan Agri-Business Association (MABA).

“I am thrilled to welcome Chuck Lippstreu to our board,” said Helen Taylor, TNC’s state director for Michigan. “Chuck’s leadership on a wide range of issues affecting Michigan agriculture and our state’s rural communities will be a tremendous asset to TNC.”

“The Nature Conservancy in Michigan is well-known as a proactive, pragmatic organization that works closely with our agriculture sector to tackle big challenges,” Lippstreu said. “I am proud to join TNC’s Michigan Board of Trustees and help advance their work to protect our land and water, promote climate solutions, and develop new economic opportunities for agriculture.”

I am proud to join TNC’s Michigan Board of Trustees and help advance their work to protect our land and water, promote climate solutions, and develop new economic opportunities for agriculture.

President of the Michigan Agri-Business Association

Chuck’s career in the agriculture industry has spanned the public and private sectors. Before leading MABA, he served on the corporate communications team at Land O’Lakes, Inc. Previously, he led communications for a range of Michigan farm and agribusiness organizations. Prior to that he spent several years in Washington, DC, where he served as speechwriting director for U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and was an advisor to the administrator of the federal Farm Service Agency.

In addition to his work at MABA, Chuck is active in efforts to bolster the agricultural sector. He serves as a member of the International Trade and Agricultural Policy Committee of the National Grain and Feed Association; a member of the Economics Department Advisory Board at Grand Valley State University; and was reappointed by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer earlier this year to represent agriculture on Michigan's Environmental Rules Review Committee.

Chuck is originally from Lincoln, NE and received a Bachelors degree from the University of Nebraska. He lives in Grand Rapids with his wife Monica and their son.

The Nature Conservancy is a global conservation organization dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends. Guided by science, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world's toughest challenges so that nature and people can thrive together. We are tackling climate change, conserving lands, waters and oceans at an unprecedented scale, providing food and water sustainably and helping make cities more sustainable. Working in 76 countries and territories: 37 by direct conservation impact and 39 through partners, we use a collaborative approach that engages local communities, governments, the private sector, and other partners. To learn more, visit www.nature.org or follow @nature_press on Twitter.