MAEAP FAS Training 11.30.16

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Reminder that MAEAP is hosting a training for the Farm A Syst assessment tool at Kellogg Biological Station Dairy Center and Farm on Wednesday, November 30, 22016.


1. Provide a big picture view of farmstead management and risks.

2.Introduce new techs to purpose and principles behind the A Syst.

3. Provide real life experiences and opportunity for questions about key topics.

The Farmstead System targets all Michigan farms, regardless of size or commodity.  It is the one MAEAP system which is applicable to livestock and all the diverse cropping operations in Michigan, including traditional field crops, orchards, vegetable operations, greenhouses, and nurseries.  The Farmstead System addresses environmental risks of the entire farmstead, from safe handling of fuels to the proper storage of pesticides.

This is a core MAEAP training and all MAEAP Technicians that have not previously attended a Farm A Syst Training are required to attend.  Experienced MAEAP Technicians and other Conservation District staff are welcome to join.

RSVP by Monday, November 28 at   

A & L Labs Soil Fertility Workshops

Thursday, November 17, 2016

A & L Labs Soil Fertility Workshops


A & L Great Lakes Laboratories will again be offering a series of Soil Fertility Workshops in November- February.  There are Michigan trainings in Grand Rapids, Frankenmuth, and Lansing.  Technicians who attended the workshops in the past have found them highly worthwhile.  


These workshops cover a wide range of topics that help reinforce basic concepts in soil fertility, soil chemistry, and the complex interactions in crop nutrition and production. The relaxed format of the workshop allows us to interact closely with those attending. Informative group discussions create a challenging atmosphere for the entire workshop audience. Throughout the day, real-life agronomic problems are posed to the group and suggested solutions are discussed.  CCA continuing education units have been applied for at 4.5 in Nutrient Management, 2.0 in Soil and Water Management, and 0.5 in Crop Management. The seminars are presented by certified crop advisors (CCA) and certified professional agronomists (CPAg). Topics will include fundamental soil properties, CEC, base saturation, soil pH, nitrogen management, phosphorus, potassium, secondary and micronutrients.

The cost of the workshop is $110.00 per person and includes all necessary reference materials. Please use this link  to review the brochure and course outline.  To register, complete the form and submit it with payment directly to A&L Great Lakes Labs. 

Volunteers Needed for Dec 20 16 MSU Field Crop IPM Updates

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Volunteers Needed for MSU Field Crop IPM Updates

MSUE has requested 8 volunteers to help run registration for the Annual Field Crops IPM Update at the MSU Pavilion on December 20, 2016.  

In exchange for helping to run registration, set up in the morning and collect surveys and RUP bubble sheets at the end of the day, all volunteers receive a copy of “2017 Weed Control Guide for Field Crops” Bulletin E0434 and will be eligible for free RUP and CCA credits.


Anyone interested please contact Jay Korson at This is a good opportunity for MAEAP technicians to network.

More information on the program can be found here:

Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2016

9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (volunteers arrive at 8am)

MSU Pavilion for Agriculture and Livestock Education

4301 Farm Lane, East Lansing, MI 48824

6 RUP Credits

6.5 CCA Credits

Database Reminder - Businessess without contacts

Tuesday, November 01, 2016

MAEAP Database Reporting Reminder


This is a reminder to all technicians using the new reporting databases that all businesses need at least one contact. Otherwise, the business is not visible to other users. We need businesses to be visible to other users to avoid duplicating them. All farm details will continue to be confidential and not visible to anyone outside the coverage area.

In the database, go the ‘Reports’ tab. Show ‘All Folders’. Open the MAEAP reports folder, and then double-click on the ‘Businesses Without Contacts’ report. You should see any businesses you created that do not have a contact. Please open the business record and and add a Contact (Contact Roles will NOT work). We have forty of these state wide that need to be corrected. Please do so as  soon as possible.