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Date: June 5 - 6, 2017

Location: Bay City, DoubleTree by Hilton

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Monday Session Descriptions - April 11 Draft


8:00—10:00 am - State Council Meeting
The MACD State Council reconvenes the quarterly meeting for partner updates and open discussion. Open to guests, the meeting will provide the opportunity for participants to learn more about MACD and partner activities.  

9:00—11:00 am - MAEAP Database 101
This session will cover the basics of the MAEAP Database. How to enter contacts, business, farms and MAEAP and CTAI technician visit information. We will go over how to enter risk reduction practices, build a stewardship plan, and get a farm ready for verification.


11:20 am—12:40 pm - Lunch and Opening Address
Opening Lunch to be followed directly by Keynote Speaker: Robert “Bobby” Whitescarver, farmer, conservationist, award winner writer and educator will present his “Seven Principles” for “getting more conservation on the ground”. Now retired from NRCS his principles enabled him to lead his SWCD team to be the first District in Virginia to reach its 40% pollution reduction goals for the Chesapeake Bay Agreement. Bobby graduated from Virginia Tech with a degree in Agronomy and obtained a Masters degree from James Madison University. He was the recipient of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s “Conservationist of the Year” in 2002 and “Watershed Champion” for the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay in 2016. He is president of Whitescarver Natural Resources Management LLC, a private consulting firm, and is a certified Nutrient Management Planner in Virginia.  

12:40—1:00 pm - Conference Photo 

Time to smile for the camera!  Please meet in the Grand Foyer for photo location and instructions.

1:00—3:00 pm - Breakout Sessions

WLEB Solutions Session
Water Words that Work will lead our Western Lake Erie Basin team through a structured brainstorming session around options for reaching farmers to promote BMPs that reduce phosphorous.

Communicating Through Conflict 
Dealing with conflict-prone situations is something we all face in our everyday lives. We tend to want to jump to solutions quickly to get past the conflict, but that hastiness may not lead to the best outcome. How can we reach agreement with someone in a mutually satisfying way? This session will give participants a chance to learn about and discuss various conflict modes, and practice techniques that will promote mutual understanding and constructive solutions.

Improving Team Performance with Trust, Accountability and Engagement (TAE)
In this session, participants will improve their people smarts and learn tools and techniques for building a strong foundation of productive relationships that will enhance teamwork and overall county office performance.  We will explore the three core requirements for building cohesive and high performing teams:  Trust, Accountability and Engagement. 


3:00—3:20 pm - Refresh!  Break 
Everyone needs a break - take a moment to step aside for a beverage and snack to refresh and replenish.


3:20—5:30 pm - Breakout Sessions

5:30—9:00 pm - Quick Books Appointments
MACD QuickBooks Advisor, Colleen Reynolds will be available for One on One appointments on a first come, first served basis.  Click Here to complete the appointment survey to secure your appointment.

5:30—6:30 pm - Social Hour
Stop by the Riverfront Patio for a beverage before dinner.  Visit with colleagues and friends and take in the great view of the Saginaw Riverfront.  Cash Bar provided.


6:30-7:30 pm - Dinner
Take the opportunity to connect with your new conservation friends over a yummy dinner prepared and served by DoubleTree's finest!


7:30 pm - Evening Activities
Have fun with your colleagues, all while supporting environmental education of the next generation of conservation stewards!  More information available soon!