We don’t know who said “the history of the land is etched in the faces of the farmers who till it,” but whoever it was may’ve had Max Hood’s dour mug in mind. That’s Mr. Hood in the bib overalls, standing between the tractor and the MACMA parade float in this undated photo. A fruit grower from Paw Paw, Hood was on the leading edge of Farm Bureau Community Groups and led the Van Buren County Farm Bureau as its president. He represented the southwestern Lower Peninsula on the MFB Board of Directors in the mid-1950s, and went on to preside over the Farm Bureau Life Insurance Company from 1963 to 1966. An MFB affiliate company formed in 1961, MACMA (Michigan Agricultural Cooperative Marketing Association) aimed to benefit fruit growers by helping negotiate price contracts with buyers and processors. If you have memories to share about Mr. Hood or MACMA, please share them in the comments section below!

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