Manure and Soil Health Roundtables: Understanding the State of the Science

Friday, January 27, 2017

Please see below for an opportunity to participate in the discussion of manure and soil health.  The Livestock and Poultry Environmental Learning Center has a great wealth of resources available at

Andrea Stay

Grants and MAEAP Training Liaison

Environmental Stewardship Division

Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development


Phone: 517-285-7482

The Livestock and Poultry Environmental Learning Center has partnered with the Manure and Soil Health team to bring you four great roundtables to improve our understanding of: current knowledge, critical and emerging issues for which there are knowledge gaps, and information needs of farmers and their advisors.

Farmers and ranchers are becoming increasingly aware of the importance of soil quality/health to the productivity and sustainability of their agricultural system. Research and field observations have demonstrated that carefully managed manure applications can contribute to improved soil quality with limited environmental and social risks. However, a comprehensive assemblage of outputs and conclusions from research studies, field trials, soil labs databases, and other sources has never been developed. Come help advance our understanding of the state of the science at the Manure and Soil Health Roundtables. More about the roundtables…

Manure and Soil Heath Testing – February 9, 2017

Manure and Soil Biology – February 16, 2017

Manure and Soil Erosion, Runoff, and Losses – February 23, 2017

Manure and Cover Crops – March 9, 2017

All roundtables will be held at 11 central, Noon eastern. Register at: or

How Do I Participate?

  • ANY TIME between now and the webcast, go to and register for the webinar. After completing the registration, you will be directed to a page with the webinar URL and option to save to your calendar.
  • First-time zoom webinar/meeting viewers can visit the following page to test access to the webcast system.


Leslie Johnson

University of Nebraska

Animal Manure Management Program Coordinator


Jill Heemstra

University of Nebraska

Livestock and Environmental Management Educator




Upcoming NRCS Training Crops 101 Dates

Thursday, January 26, 2017

NRCS is in the process of releasing their FY 17 Training Plan.  There are some courses that are part of the MAEAP grant award training levels.


Crops 101 Conservation Tillage - March 9 - MSUE Crop and Soils HQ

Crops 101 Wind Erosion (WEPS) - March 21 - NRCS State Office, Conference Room B

Crops 101 Water Erosion (RUSLE2) - March 23 - NRCS State Office, Conference Room B


If you are not already signed up for the classes, Conservation District staff should sign up in Ag Learn or contact Mike Stermock at and CC  That way he knows how many are coming and can prepare enough notebooks for everyone that attends. 


I spoke with Mike and he can work with people that do not yet have NRCS computer access to attend the class and then later have it added to your AgLearn record.

Andrea Stay

Grants and MAEAP Training Liaison

Environmental Stewardship Division

Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development

Phone: 517-285-7482




MI SWCS Seminar March 3

Wednesday, January 25, 2017


Friday, March 3, 2017 (MSU-ANR Week)

9:00 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.

Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center, Room 105AB
219 S. Harrison Rd., Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI

A Matter of Balance:
Feeding our Crops, Protecting the Waters of the Great Lakes


Nitrogen, phosphorus, livestock manure and other organic inputs are essential for soil health, crop growth and farm profitability, but nutrients that escape from the field are potential pollutants. On-farm nutrient management and application technologies have greatly improved in recent years, yet water quality problems associated with excess nutrients and other contaminants persist in Lake Erie, Saginaw Bay and other waterways.

Research results and on-farm observation has shown that runoff water from rainfall and snowmelt is nutrient-rich. Excessive rainfall can quickly enter subsurface drains by natural channels in the soil formed by plant roots, soil fauna, and other natural phenomena. Experience has shown that the changing climate will present even greater challenges from more frequent, higher intensity storms and increased runoff.

For more information, download this flyer

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Registration is now open.

Daniel F. Kesselring, Sec.

Michigan Chapter SWCS


Save the Date: CAS Training March 30-31

Monday, January 23, 2017

Save the Date:

On March 30-31, 2017, training on the Cropping Assessment Tool will be held at Agroliquid in St Johns, MI, Clinton County.  This will be a great opportunity to learn more about the tool and how to work with a landowner.  Newly added to this training will be presentations from A&L Labs on soil sampling procedures, reading a soil report, and nutrient recommendations.    

The MAEAP Cropping System focuses on field-related environmental issues, such as irrigation and water use, soil conservation, and nutrient and pest management.  The Cropping System is applicable to all crops grown in Michigan, including field crops and vegetables, fruit orchards, greenhouse crops, and ornamental trees.  Each Crop*A*Syst tool includes a series of risk questions to assess effective crop management practices and ground and surface water protection resources.  Crop*A*Syst helps develop and implement a plan to prevent water resource contamination while maintaining economic crop production.  Plans conform to applicable Michigan Right-to-Farm guidelines and comply with applicable state and federal environmental regulations.

This is a core training session that addresses the Cropping System.  The expected audience is MAEAP technicians and other Conservation District staff.  To register, visit  More information about the training with a detailed agenda will be available closer to the event.   

Andrea Stay

Grants and MAEAP Training Liaison

Environmental Stewardship Division

Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development

Cell Phone: 517-285-7482

Office: 517-284-5613