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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