MAEAP Phase 1 Credits

Friday, February 17, 2017

MAEAP Phase 1 events are an important educational first step towards verification. 


Last year there were 124 Phase 1 events with 8,429 attendees!  Many of the events are submitted and/or hosted by local MAEAP technicians in partnership with other organizations.  The MAEAP grants do require that technicians hold one on-farm field day that qualifies as a phase 1.  Many technicians submit multiple events throughout the year. 


Other partners (Ag Industry, Foresters, Watershed Groups, and more) can also request phase 1 credit for their meetings.  To qualify as a phase 1, check out the updated Phase 1 policy at


Event submissions should be emailed to me at

I have also attached a collection of Phase 1 events that have recently been held throughout the state. This may be useful to you as you are considering topics, presenters, partners, and flyer design for future events.  

Andrea Stay

Grants and MAEAP Training Liaison

Environmental Stewardship Division

Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development

Phone: 517-285-7482


Upcoming MAEAP Training Reminders

Wednesday, February 08, 2017

Please see below for important Training Dates.  The training plan with additional links to webinars and resources can be found at

Water Fundamentals and Water Wells Training

Next week!  February 15, 2017, 9am-4pm

MAEAP will host core training on Water Fundamentals and Water Wells.  Register at


Crop*A*Syst Training

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.  

This is a core training session that addresses the Cropping System.  To register, visit  


Crops 101 Trainings

Crops 101 Conservation Tillage – March 15 - 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



If you attended Tree Fruit IPM Feb 1-3, and are seeking specialization, email me proof of registration.

If you have questions on how to meet the specialization requirements, please let me know. 


MACD 2017 dates

Summer Conference in Bay City – June 4-6

Annual Convention in Bellaire – Nov 1-3


Andrea Stay

Grants and MAEAP Training Liaison

Environmental Stewardship Division

Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development

Phone: 517-285-7482


Southeast Michigan Drainage Irrigation and Soil Fertility Workshop

Tuesday, February 07, 2017

MSUE is hosting an upcoming workshop with a great line up of speakers on irrigation, nutrient management, drainage, and Bioreactors.  There is a flyer attached with more information.  Please share with producers and consider attending. 

Southeast Michigan Drainage, Irrigation, and Soil Fertility Workshop

March 13, 2017

9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

The Centre

1800 US 223

Adrian, MI 49221


Water quality challenges in Lake Erie have prompted a renewed focus on fertility management in Michigan’s portion of the Western Lake Erie Basin watersheds. This program was developed to help producers gain a better understanding of the issues surrounding the management of phosphorus and nitrogen on tile drained and/or irrigated agricultural fields, and to discuss strategies for maintaining top production while limiting the loss of these nutrients to surface water resources.



Irrigation Management – Steven Miller and Lyndon Kelley, MSU Irrigation Specialists

·       Irrigation scheduling

·       Water withdrawal registration process

·       Irrigation system requirements for corn/soybean/specialty crop production

·       Equipment needed for chemigation/fertigation applications.


Discussion of N, P and K Management for Field Crop Production  Dr. Kurt Steinke, MSU Crop Fertility Specialist

·       How the phosphorus cycle works in agricultural fields

·       Why it is important to use soil test instead of crop removal rates  when developing fertility programs for your production fields

·       Factors impacting soil test critical levels for P and K fertilizer recommendations

·       Timing and placement implications for P management for crop productivity and surface water quality

·       Does tillage system used impact P application strategies?

·       Nitrogen recommendations for corn production-MRTN

·       Wheat fertility management considerations


Discussion of Drainage Practices, Structures and Bioreactors Impacts on Crop Production and Surface Water Quality - Dr. Ehsan Ghane, MSU Agricultural Drainage Specialist

·       Introduction to drainage– why is it important?

·       Drainage conservation practices (controlled drainage, saturated buffer, drainage water recycling and woodchip bioreactor)

·       Impact of controlled drainage on crop yield and water quality

·       Impact of woodchip bioreactors on nitrate runoff from farmland

·       Impact of no-till on phosphorus runoff from farmland


Program Evaluation and Adjourn


The registration fee for this program is $25 per person, which includes lunch. Pre-registration is required. You may register online at or by phone at 269-657-8213. Deadline for registration is March 7, 2017.

Andrea Stay

Grants and MAEAP Training Liaison

Environmental Stewardship Division

Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development

Phone: 517-285-7482



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