Jordan DeVries is the Produce Safety Technician For the Newaygo Conservation District in Fremont, Michigan. A former MAEAP Technician for Mason-Lake and Manistee Conservation Districts from 2012-17, Jordan became a Produce Safety Technician in 2018 in an effort to get back into working in a field related to microbiology. He is pursuing his Masters in Food Safety (online) with Michigan State University and is excited to be working in a career where he can continue learning and talking about microbes, having studied biology at GVSU with a research focus on freshwater microbial ecology. His first industry job out of college was as a compost technician for Spurt Industries, Michigan's largest compost operator at the time. He also has experience working as a food safety microbiologist for Arbre Farms in Walkerville. A major career goal of his is to be able work with farms and consumers to reduce and reclaim food waste and make farms more energy efficient when it comes to water use and cold storage. He is completing a SARE Farmer/Rancher Research Grant looking at commercially growing crabapples and other atypical pomme fruit and harvesting them with a modified blueberry picker.