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

MACD Attends Event with Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Purdue

Thursday, February 01, 2018

On Thursday, February 1st, Jerry Miller, MACD Vice President, attended the townhall breakfast meeting in honor of Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Purdue's visit to Michigan.  The meeting held at Robinette's Orchard in Kent County, was hosted by Michigan Farm Bureau, Kent County Farm Bureau and the Robinette family.

The event was attended by 150+ participants, including Kent Conservation District staff members Lexi Feutz and Samantha Braman.

During the open Q&A Jerry provided the following three points for Secretary Perdue’s consideration in the FY18 Farm Bill:

1. Don’t cut conservation funding
2. With cuts in NRCS personnel budgets CDs across Michigan and the nation are stepping up to provide I&E for conservation programs. This needs to be recognized in NRCS budgets
3. Delete the requirement for SAMS & DUNS for enrollment in FB Conservation programs 

Secretary Purdue also unveiled the new website:, during the meeting.  This is the new interactive one-stop website for producers maintained by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). To learn more about the website, click here to view the USDA press release.

Cass County Conservation District Shares History of Conservation Partnership at Annual Meeting

Friday, December 15, 2017

On the evening of December 5th, 2017 the Cass Conservation District held its annual meeting. 

A group of 75 community leaders and District supporters were in attendance and enjoyed the great food, reports of program accomplishments and awards ceremony. Steven Law, MACD Consultant, was the keynote speaker and provided a presentation on the rich history of Michigan's Conservation Partnership and the important role Michigan Conservation Districts play in the delivery of conservation and natural resource programs to land owners and managers throughout the state.  

Several individuals were recognized for their volunteer service to the Cass County Conservation District.  Special recognition was given to the following individuals:  Conservationist of the Year (posthumous): Gertrude “Gertie” Temple; Conservation Farmer of the Year: Chris Rosselit; Ag-Tourism: A-Mazing Acres; and Conservation Educator: Nelson’s Herbs.  To learn more about the awardees, please visit the Cass County Conservation District website.

The Cass County Conservation District has been experiencing a period of growth and now includes a successful Michigan Agriculture Environmental Stewardship Program (MAEAP), Invasive Species Control program as part of the SW x SW Corner Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area, and the District is the Designated County Enforcing Agency for the County Soil Erosion and Sedimentation Control permitting program.

MACD wishes to congratulate the Directors and Staff of the Cass Conservation District for the leadership and extra efforts they put forth throughout the year to address the key resource concerns and to serve the residents of Cass County