NRCS Ag Learn and Facilitated Classes

Friday, July 06, 2012

Nutrient and Pest Management Considerations in Conservation Planning

Technicians planning to take the NRCS facilitated Nutrient Management and Pest Management classes in 2013 are reminded to complete the on-line Ag Learn pre-requisite classes.  See the note that follows from Ruth Shaffer, NRCS Water Quality Specialist/ Nutrient and Pest Management Coordinator.

As discussed at the MACD Summer Conference, class participants need to complete the online Nutrient Management Track 1, Part 1 before attending the Nutrient Management Facilitated Training Session planned to occur in 2013. The AgLearn course number is NRCS-NEDC-000083.

Participants should sign up separately for the online Pest Management Track 2, Part 1 and complete the course materials before the Pest Management Facilitated Training Session. AgLearn course number is NRCS-NEDC-000085. Successful completion for the post-tests for these modules will register in AgLearn. NRCS will be checking online ahead of the classroom sessions; those participants who have not completed Part 1 will not be allowed to attend the Facilitated Training session for that particular Track.

Ruth Shaffer

Christmas Tree Educational Resources

Friday, July 06, 2012

For those Technicians working with Christmas tree growers, the following MSUE link can be useful for recommended nutrient and pest management practices.  The website also includes the educational videos mentioned at the recent Christmas Tree Specialization Training conducted by Jill O’Donnell.

Congratulations on Reaching MAEAP Reverificaiton Goal for FY12!

Thursday, July 05, 2012

Congratulations on meeting the MAEAP Reverification Goal of 150 for FY12! We are now at 153 reverifications for this year – 102% - and expect to add nicely to that total by fiscal year end. This is a new record number of reverifications for any given year in the program and reflects your ongoing relationships with MAEAP verified farmers. Great work!

We currently are at 167 new verifications, or 48%, of our Governor’s Dashboard goal of 350. You have assured me – through the MAEAP verifiers’ contacts – that we WILL meet this goal as well. Needless to say, we are hoping you are not all waiting until September to get those scheduled!

Thanks for all you continue to do, every day and in this very hot summer, to put conservation on the land and to help farmers meet their goals.



MAEAP Logo Wear

Monday, July 02, 2012

Several of you have asked if MAEAP logo wear (jackets, shirts, etc.) are available for purchase. Grant administrative dollars can be used for these “promotional items”. Several districts have presented shirts or jackets with MAEAP logos during annual meetings for special recognition. Two vendors have the MAEAP logo already in place. At the MAEAP web site, click on the “Get Verified” tab at the top of the page, then go to “Verification Pays!”. The last document on that page is “MAEAP Logo Apparel Form” from Delta Embroidery. Additionally, Kimberly’s Creations, at is a second option.  The blue MAEAP jackets provided to Technicians at the MACD Summer Conference were from Kimberly’s Creations.