The Washtenaw County Dairy and Livestock Council honored George Merkel from Chelsea and Else Heller from Chelsea, at their annual Washtenaw County Agriculture Banquet held March 15 at the Chelsea High School. The board presented them with their Distinguished Service to Agriculture Award in recognition of their many years of dedication and service to the agricultural community in Washtenaw County. Pictured are the honorees and council board members, left to right: Seated: Mike Schaible, Manchester, Vice President; Jerry Kuhl, Chelsea, President; George Merkel, Chelsea, Distinguished Service to Agriculture award recipient; Else Heller, Chelsea, Distinguished Service to Agriculture award recipient; Trent Satterthwaite, Chelsea, Treasurer; Dennis Huehl, Chelsea, Secretary. Standing: Ryan Rentschler, Ann Arbor; John Broesamle, Saline; Robert Herrst II, Chelsea;
Howard Sias, Chelsea; Paul Rothfuss, Saline; Bill VanRiper, Chelsea; Joe Koengeter, Chelsea; Dennis Trinkle, Chelsea; Russell Exelby, Saline; Joel Powers, Manchester; and David Bohnett, Saline. Not pictured are Bob Bulmon from Dexter and David Bucholtz, Manchester, honorary member.