MACD News Blog

President Pelon Speaks on Behalf of Conservation Districts at Stabenow Meeting

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Senator Debbie Stabenow, our strong agriculture and natural resource supporter in Congress was is in Michigan this week and held two meetings to discuss the Farm Bill with local conservation and agricultural leaders.

  

Art Pelon, President of MACD attended the event in Frankenmuth on Tuesday, March 18th and had the opportunity to address the Senator during the meeting.  Art stressed the importance of Michigan's Conservation Districts and the need for state financial support to provide for the delivery of the Farm Bill at the local level. 

Michigan Conservation Districts are the local partner with NRCS, assisting and directing program dollars to address local resource concerns.  

MACD is very pleased that Senator Stabenow understands the importance of the Conservation Districts and their role in delivering Farm Bill programs to the local level. 












Conservation Districts Awarded DEQ Funding for Scrap Tire Cleanups

Monday, March 17, 2014

The Department of Environmental Quality Director Dan Wayant announced on Friday, March 14th, the grant awards for the 2014 Scrap Tire Cleanup Program.  MACD is pleased that five Conservation Districts were awarded a total of $56,500 for scrap tire cleanup days in their local communities:

Hillsdale Conservation District: $45,000

Jackson Conservation District: $12, 500

Mason-Lake Conservation District: $3,000

Missaukee Conservation District: $3,000

Ogemaw Conservation District: $3,000

Several other communities were awarded funding through the program which in 2014 will provide funding for the complete cleanup of seven scrap tire sites and 27 community cleanup days.  To learn more about the program, visit the DEQ Scrap Tire Program Page.  To learn more about the Conservation Districts that received a Scrap Tire Program grant, click on the name of the Conservation District above.

To view the grant announcement press release, click here.


MACD to Participate in Ag Day at the Capital

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Ag Day at the Capitol and the Michigan Agriculture Showcase is scheduled for Wednesday, March 19th in the Capital building, downtown Lansing. And MACD will be there to showcase the work of Michigan Conservation Districts!

The event provides attendees with the opportunity to sample Michigan food products and learn more about commodities and agricultural organizations at a trade show-style Michigan agriculture "showcase" in the Capitol from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

The Capital will be filled with displays and informational booths and will be serving legislators samples of the amazing variety of Michigan food products. The MACD Legislative Task Force will be on hand, providing a non-consumable, yet very useful notepad for legislators to take back to their offices to remind them of the work Michigan Conservation Districts do every day! 

Make sure you stop by the MACD booth during your visit to Ag Day at the Capital to learn more about Michigan Conservation Districts.
 

Art Pelon, MACD President Receives MAEAP Verification

Monday, January 13, 2014

The Michigan Association of Conservation Districts (MACD) congratulates Art Pelon, MACD President on receiving verification for his family's farm under the Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program (MAEAP) Cropping System.

Art Pelon and his family live in Fenwick, and practice environmental stewardship on their farm which includes cultivated acreage in addition to 400 acres of land featuring pristine woodlands, wetlands, and stands of native prairie plantings. Art and his family are avid hunters, dedicated to providing high quality habitat for wildlife, including deer, turkey and pheasant on their Ronald Township property. Establishment and endorsement of top-quality habitat and sustainable hunting has always been a mission for Art and his family, and participating in MAEAP has been one more way for the Pelon family to show their dedication to environmental stewardship.


Standing proudly by their MAEAP sign on a cold winter day. From left: David Wood, Ionia Conservation District Watershed Coordinator; Rachel Koleda, Ionia Conservation District MEAP Technician; Keith Creagh, Department of Natural Resources Director; Stephen Shine, Pollution Prevention Manager with the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development; Pete, Art and Michelle Pelon.




In addition to serving as the President of MACD, Art is the Chairman of the Ionia Conservation District Board, is a state director for the Michigan chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation and serves as the Clerk for Ronald Township.

MAEAP is a voluntary, non-regulatory program that helps farmers prevent or minimize pollution occurring on both the farmstead and in the fields. The MAEAP cropping system focuses on nutrient application and management on cultivated fields, to ensure that crops receive the nutrients needed to grow, without adding excess nutrients to the soil or water. By voluntarily adopting best management practices on their fields, MAEAP verified farms actively do their part to reduce the amount of sediment, nutrients and chemicals impacting our water and other natural resources.

For more information on MAEAP or other conservation programs please contact your local Conservation District, and visit www.maeap.org