Becky Huttenga - American Farmland Trust

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Becky Huttenga

Economic Development Coordinator for Ottawa County

Becky Huttenga, a lifelong resident of Ottawa County, grew up as a 4-H kid on a 24-acre hobby farm in Spring Lake Township before heading off to Michigan State University where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Animal Science. She then completed 30 credits hours of Masters level graduate study in Animal Science at MSU. While raising her two children, now 19 and 24, Becky has developed quite a diverse resume, from nutritional sales at Purina Mills to restaurant management at her family’s Grand Haven business to Program Assistant for Michigan State University Extension’s 4-H program. But her passion for being the bridge between natural resources and agriculture began when she became Executive Director at the Ottawa Conservation District in 2011, and continues today with her work at Ottawa County in brownfield redevelopment and farmland preservation. Becky is a Farm Bureau member, currently serving on the Promotion and Education Committee. Over the years, she has served on numerous boards and committees, including Breakfast on the Farm, the West Michigan Conservation Network, Ottawa County Solid Waste Committee, Brownfield Redevelopment Authority, and as a Farm Bureau State Delegate. Becky currently resides in the City of Grand Haven and in her free time she enjoys volunteering at local festivals, fostering rescued puppies, watching Spartan basketball, reading, and playing league soccer.