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 Mike.Stermock@mi.usda.gov and CC Jerry.Grigar@mi.usda.gov.  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 http://www.miglswcs.org/app/download/7122417175/2017+Seminar+Flyer+v2.pdf

More at http://www.miglswcs.org/events/

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 https://casmaeap.eventbrite.com.  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



Free Grassland Workshops Available in Southern Michigan

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Throughout January and February, partners of the Michigan Pheasant Restoration Initiative will be providing free grassland management workshops to assist landowners in their CRP mid-contract management, as well as providing basic information on how to implement native grassland management. The events are being hosted by Michigan United Conservation Clubs and some local Conservation Districts, in partnership with the Farm Service Agency, Natural Resources Conservation Service, and Department of Natural Resources.

“Native grasslands provide a multitude of valuable benefits including habitat for a wide variety of wildlife and pollinators, soil erosion prevention, and water quality protection. Plus, they are just beautiful to look at,” Wildlife Cooperative Coordinator, Anna Mitterling stated. “The more abundant these grasslands are, the greater the impact on our wildlife populations, water quality, and much more. Wildlife species such as pheasants, deer, turkey, songbirds, the monarch butterfly, honey bees and others benefit or are dependent on connected sections of these native grasslands.”

The Michigan Pheasant Restoration Initiative is a group of a diverse set of partners who are seeking to see this habitat expand. There are habitat complexes on both private and public land that have seen increases in pheasant populations, as well as some threatened and endangered song bird populations as a result of native grasses being planted. The key to keeping these habitat types sustainable for wildlife benefit involve the grasslands being managed every three to five years. There are different ways to conduct this management, and these workshops will provide instruction and direction on how management can be accomplished.

“Management is very important to ensure the quality of our grasslands,” said Jason Myers Farm Bill Biologist. “This is even more important with CRP hitting the national cap. We need to focus on improving what we currently have instead of just adding more acres in CRP.” Jason covers Huron and Tuscola Counties. He, and other Farm Bill Biologists around Southern Michigan, provide free technical assistance and can help you with every step in your CRP contracts or other habitat projects.

These workshops are free and open to the general public. Registration is required. You can register for these events by emailing or leaving a voicemail with Anna Mitterling, at amitterling@mucc.org or 517-346-6454. Anyone interested in grassland management, or who owns property enrolled in CRP, is welcome to attend. Below is a list of locations these events will be held. Each event will start around 7:00 pm and will last approximately an hour.

Jan 17 - Ingham County, Alaiedon Township Hall, 2021 Holt Rd, Mason, MI 48854

Jan 20 - Gratiot County, Gratiot-Isabella RESD Building, 1131 E Center St, Ithaca, MI 48847

Jan 23 - Barry County, Baltimore Township Hall, 3100 E Dowling Rd, Hastings, MI 49058

Jan 30 - Tuscola County, Elmwood Township Hall, 6437 Lincoln St., Gagetown, MI

Jan 31 - Lenawee County, LISD Tech Center, 1372 N Main St, Adrian, MI 49221, Classroom #1

Feb 2 - Branch County, Coldwater Township Hall, 319 Sprague Rd, Coldwater, MI 49036

Feb 3 - Sanilac County, Sanilac County Training Center, 95 Dawson St, Sandusky, MI 48471