Jim Byrum is the President of the Michigan Agri-Business, and has served in this role for more than 20 years. Prior to joining MABA, Jim was the State Executive Director of the Michigan’s Farm Service Agency, and before that was 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.
In the association, Byrum strives to make sure members are well informed, up to date on hot issues, and aware of challenges coming their way. He is also involved with helping develop future leaders for members, the association and broader industry.
Jim lives with his wife Dianne on the family farm in Onondaga, the fourth generation of Byrum’s to do so. They have two children and four grandchildren.
Tim Boring is the Vice President of the Michigan Agri-Business Association, where he manages agronomy issues and oversees various research activities. Tim spends considerable time on developing crop production strategies, including cropping system rotations, tillage issues, new market opportunities, water quality issues and crop quality standards. Tim also manages the Certified Crop Adviser program for Michigan and creates continuing education opportunities.
Boring also created and manages the Certified Fertilizer Applicator program for the Association.
Tim has a MS and PhD in Crop and Soil Sciences from Michigan State University, where as a student and research technician, he directed field research experiments, secured grant funding, presented at state and national extension meetings, taught undergraduate courses, served as a club advisor, and represented staff and graduate students on numerous department and college advisory boards. Prior to joining MABA, Tim served as Research Director with the Michigan Soybean Promotion Committee, handling production and new use research, as well as coordinating production-related strategies.
Tim also operates his family’s 6th generation farm in Stockbridge, MI, raising corn, soybeans and wheat.
Office and Member Engagement Manager
Charla Scheidler is the Office and Member Engagement Manager for the Michigan Agri-Business Association. She joined MABA in January of 1994 and is responsible for all financial services for MABA, the Educational Trust and the Michigan Bean Shippers, and also manages the association's database. Charla coordinates major MABA events such as the Annual Winter Conference and Trade Show and Outlook Conference and the Educational Trust events.
Before joining MABA, Charla had more than 20 years experience as an Administrative Assistant in the Life, Health and Annuity Insurance field, and also served as the Executive Secretary of the Lansing Life Underwriters Association.
Charla and husband Dwayne reside in Haslett, and enjoy spending time in the summer months at their home in Mackinaw City. Between them they have four grown sons and seven grandchildren.
Planning and Member Services Manager
Kara Kyser is the Planning and Member Services Manager of the Michigan Agri-Business Association and has been with MABA since April 2012. She handles several association activities including communications, website and social media, AgFacts and Washington Reports, calendars and scheduling for the President, the Leaders and Legends program, CCA Designations and the Green Agri-Business Program. She also coordinates special events such as regional AgClubs and various educational events.
In May 2016, Kara graduated from Michigan State University’s College of Agriculture & Natural Resources with a bachelor’s degree in Agri-Business Management. She resides in DeWitt where she enjoys gardening, traveling and spending time with family and friends.
Andrea Williams assists with office administration, email marketing, member engagement and MABA social media. She works closely with outside consultants and members on many different activities, including conferences, regular meetings and special assignments.
Andrea was very active in showing livestock, especially beef cattle; and has participated on livestock judging teams for the past six years. Andrea was involved with FFA and 4-H while in high school, and was the 2015-2016 Michigan FFA State Secretary.
She currently attends Michigan State University pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Agri-Business Management. She previously dual enrolled at Kirtland Community College while in high school and attended Lansing Community College for her first full year of College. She was a member of the Student Leadership Academy at Lansing Community College and was recently awarded a Mid America CropLife Association scholarship.