Michael has been involved in farmer advocacy and community groups for many years, including terms as Chairman of Vegetable Council for the TFGA and Ausveg. Michael owns a 142ha. property in the Forth area, which currently produces various crops, including peas, poppies, carrots, broccoli, red beef and grains. His is the elected director for the 64 telephone district. Mike was awarded the inaugural Rural Community Leader of the Year award at the Australian Farmer of the Year Awards in 2016.