Conference Agenda at a Glance   



Registration Opens 9:00am

10:00am - 11:50am

Soil and Water Conversation Society Annual Meeting

10:00am - 4:30pm

New District Manager Workshop

Project Learning Tree Certification Workshop


12:00pm - 1:15pm

Lunch and Opening Keynote with Gordon Wenk, Director, MDARD

1:30pm - 2:30pm

State Council Partner Presentations and Conversations

MDEQ Wetlands, Lakes, and Streams Program Overview

Forestry Assistance Program Training Workgroup Project Presentations

3:00pm - 4:30pm

State Council Partner Presentations and Conversations

Example Wetland Compliance Scenarios and Discussion

How to Sell the Qualified Forest Program

4:30pm - 6:30pm FIELDTRIP

SWCS Providence Farm Tour

4:45pm - 5:30pm

Wetland Opportunities from the DNR and Partners

MACD Region Meetings

6:00pm - 8:00pm

Opening Reception


Registration Opens 7:00am

7:00am - 7:50am


8:00am - 11:45am  FIELDTRIP

Timber Stand Improvement with Wildlife in Mind

8:00am - 11:45am

MACD Annual Meeting

QuickBooks Payroll Taxes and Year End Closing

8:00am - 9:00am

What's my Districts role in a CISMA?

MAEAP Program Updates

Conservation and Food Safety - How They Fit Together

9:15am - 10:15am

Updates and Emerging Issues in Invasive Species

Working with a Farmer Towards Verification Roundtable

On Farm Readiness Review vs. Product Safety Risk Assessment

10:45am - 11:45am

DEQ Land Application of Waste - The DEQ Perspective

SWRT - An Emerging Tool for Use in Conservation

Conservation and Produce Safety - How They Fit Together


12:00pm - 1:00pm

Lunch and Conservation District Employees of Michigan Meeting and Awards

1:00pm - 1:45pm

Plenary Session: PFAS in Michigan

2:00pm - 5:00pm FIELDTRIP

Conducting a Site Visit

2:00pm - 3:00pm

CTAI Program Update and Roundtable

Legislative Advocacy - Your Role in Building a Foundation and Support

A Framework for the Evolution of Onsite Wastewater Management in Michigan  

MAEAP Solutions for Organic Farms

Diseases Impacting Michigan's White-tailed Deer Herd

3:30pm - 5:00pm

Non Point Source Program Funding Opportunities and Watershed Inventory Techniques

FY19 Funding Program: Natural Resource Assessments - Why? How?

Farms and Porta-Potties. What's Legal and What's Not?

Computer Assisted Nutrient Management Planning Program (CANMaPP)

FFB Program Update and Roundtable

5:30pm - 8:30pm 

Reception and Awards Banquet


8:00am - 11:45am
 Farm Tour

8:00am - 10:15am

FAP Roundtable

8:00am - 9:00am

MDARD Listening Session

District Director Roundtable

Ins and Outs of Road Stream Crossings

Emergency Planning For the Farm

9:15am - 11:45am

QuickBooks for Intermediate Users 

MAEAP Database 101

9:15am - 10:15am
Innovation District Program

All Those Numbers! How to Read and Understand Your Financial Reports

MACD Group Pollution Liability Insurance Program Q&A

10:45am - 11:45am
Michigan Green Schools Program

Fraud Prevention Through the Board

District Manager Roundtable

Connecting the Site Visit to the Implementation of a Plan


Convention Details

Date: October 29 - 31, 2018

Location: Shanty Creek Resorts, Bellaire

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