MACD News Blog

Michigan Representatives Attend NACD Legislative Day in Washington DC

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Elaine Brown, MACD Secretary Treasurer participated in the National Association of Conservation Districts annual Spring Legislative Fly-In which took place in Washington, D.C.  on Tuesday, March 20.

The NACD Spring Legislative Fly-In was well-attended, with conservation district, state and federal agency participation from across the United States working together to promote the interests of conservation districts on Capitol Hill.

"We were pleased to be able to participate in this important event", said Art Pelon, MACD President. "Elaine is a great spokesperson, she understands the power of Conservation Districts in providing technical assistance and programs to farmers and landowners." 

Elaine attended the Fly-In with fellow Michigan representatives, Melissa Higbee, Shiawassee Conservation District Executive Director and Garry Lee, USDA-NRCS State Conservationist. The Michigan contingent met with Senator Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, Michigan's congressional members and staff, and attended NACD sponsored activities including the Congressional Reception in the evening. 

Elaine Brown, Senator Stabenow, Melissa Higbee and Garry Lee

Melissa Higbee, Elaine Brown, Senator Stabenow and Garry Lee

To learn more about this event, visit the NACD Spring Fly-In webpage

MACD Sharing the Work of Conservation Districts at Ag Day at the Capital

Thursday, March 15, 2018

On Tuesday, March 13 MACD participated in Ag Day at the Capital in Lansing. The event was the highlight of Michigan’s Food and Agriculture Month and brought together the diversity of Michigan agriculture to the halls of the State Capital. This very popular event provided MACD the opportunity to share the programs and assistance Conservation Districts provide in support of Michigan agriculture with legislators, commodity group partners and all other attendees.

"It is important to showcase the work of our Districts as members of Michigan’s agricultural community," said Art Pelon, MACD President and Chairman of the Ionia Conservation District. "We offer many programs that benefit farmers, including the Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program (MAEAP), and this event provides us with one more way to share the work of our local Conservation Districts with legislators.” 

Hosted by Michigan Farm Bureau, this annual event provides the opportunity for participants to connect with legislators and to treat legislators and attendees with agriculture's bounty, sharing food and products grown and made in Michigan.

Thank you to the MACD officers, staff and volunteers who participated in Ag Day at the Capital.  MACD appreciates your outreach to benefit all 75 Conservation Districts in Michigan! Participants included Rachael Ramirez, Saginaw CD Director; Megan DeLeeuw, Manager, Washtenaw CD; Melissa Higbee, Executive Director, Shiawassee CD; Elaine Brown, MACD Secretary-Treasurer and Clinton CD Treasurer; Gerald Miller, MACD Vice President and Kent CD Chairman; Art Pelon, MACD President and Ionia CD Chairman; Steve Law, MACD Consultant and Lori Phalen, MACD Executive Director.

Rachael Ramirez, Saginaw CD Director, talking with a visitor. 

Melissa Higbee, Art Pelon, Elaine Brown, Lori Phalen and Gerald Miller.
Volunteers not shown: Megan DeLeeuw and Steve Law