Michigan MarketMaker

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

 

Michigan MarketMaker provides opportunities for Michigan growers marketing directly to consumers.   Please see the information below.  I encourage you to make your growers aware of this opportunity, including the MAEAP recognition for verified participants.

 

Michigan MarketMaker Updates

 

For over six years, Michigan MarketMaker lead by the Michigan State University Product Center has featured MAEAP verified producers in its online searchable directory. Michigan MarketMaker is part of a larger national network of linked MarketMaker sites connecting farmers, producers and other food related businesses to potential markets. The Michigan MarketMaker site currently includes 560 farmers and grower profiles that can be searched by location, product and other characteristics. MAEAP members who also register on MarketMaker have a “badge” attached on their profile and their own separate directory listing that also explains the MAEAP program and its benefits.  http://mi.foodmarketmaker.com/catalog/affiliation/12

You are encouraged to take a few minutes to log in to Michigan MarketMaker and create profile so your farm can be featured in the directory. Michigan MarketMaker is a free service. By signing up and checking the box in your profile indicating you are a MAEAP verified farm, we can create an increased awareness that allows us to spread the word about verified operations across the state. In addition, market research shows that many consumers are interested in environmental stewardship and want to spend their money at those businesses.

A new feature that will be rolled out this summer is a “What’s in season?” app for smartphones. This will allow consumers to search for fresh local produce and see a map of where the produce is located.

Just go to Michigan MarketMaker http://mi.foodmarketmaker.com/ and click on the registration link in the upper right hand corner and create a profile for your operation. Once you have set up an account you can go in and make changes to your information any time that is convenient.

If you already have a profile in Michigan MarketMaker we strongly encourage you to log in and make sure all your information is current. If you have trouble accessing your account or have forgotten your password email contact@foodmarketmaker.com/

As a special incentive, those who create a new profile in MarketMaker by July 1 will be entered into a drawing to win a free registration to the Making It In Michigan Conference and Trade Show that will take place on November 7, 2017 at the Lansing Center.

For additional information contact Joanne Davidhizar, MSU Extension MarketMaker Coordinator at davidhiz@anr.msu.edu.

 

Joe Kelpinski

MAEAP Program Manager

Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development

517-284-5608 Office

586-206-2862 Cell

 

Extremely Hazardous Substances EHS Threshold Calculations

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

 

MAEAP will be partnering with Michael Young, SARA Title III - Specialist from Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, to host a webinar on Extremely Hazardous Substances (EHS) Threshold Calculations on May 25 at 10am.  This webinar will also be recorded and available for viewing following the event.  

 

SARA Title III Training for MAEAP Technicians and Partners
Thu, May 25, 2017 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM EDT

Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.
https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/937986685

You can also dial in using your phone.
United States: +1 (224) 501-3412

Access Code: 937-986-685

If you have specific concerns or questions you would like addressed during the webinar, please send to me ahead of time.

Andrea Stay

Grants and MAEAP Training Liaison

Environmental Stewardship Division

Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development

Phone: 517-285-7482

Upcoming NRCS MARI and Soil Health Trainings

Monday, May 08, 2017

 

Jerry Grigar from NRCS will be conducting the following upcoming trainings: 

 

·       MARI training-  June 14 in Clarksville

·       Soil Health - June 27 at the Plant Materials Center.

 

To register, talk to your supervisor, NRCS DC, and the NRCS training coordinator Mike Stermock Mike.Stermock@mi.usda.gov

 

Andrea Stay

Grants and MAEAP Training Liaison

Environmental Stewardship Division

Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development

Phone: 517-285-7482

 

MSU Extension New Educator Program

Friday, March 31, 2017

On May 17-18, MSU Extension is hosting a New Educator Workshop/Technician In-Service event designed to introduce new educators, technicians, and staff to some of the things they will encounter when they get on a farm. We are facing a time when many employees often have little to no knowledge of production agriculture since they were not raised on a farm. In some cases, the closest they have gotten to equipment could be a riding lawnmower. Based on feedback we’ve received and employee requests, several of our agricultural educators put together this program to at least introduce these individuals to a few things, so they feel more confident when stepping onto a farm. We held a similar program two years ago and it was very well received, so we decided to not only offer it again, but also expand it. This year, since it will be on campus, they’ll be offering a day focused on plant agriculture and one on animal agriculture.

Feel free to share it with other partners that would benefit from the training.

I’ve attached a flyer that will provide additional information regarding the program. The registration link for the event is:
https://events.anr.msu.edu/neweducator/

Andrea Stay
Grants and MAEAP Training Liaison
Environmental Stewardship Division
Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development
Phone: 517-285-7482