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Date: June 5 - 6, 2017

Location: Bay City, DoubleTree by Hilton

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Tuesday Session Description - April 11 Draft


8:00—8:50 am - Breakout Sessions A

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.

District Director Round Table
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. 

Forestry Assistance Program (FAP) Update
Updates on the Forestry Assistance Program, including reporting, future training, and the general status of the program will be shared.

Conservation Technical Assistance Initiative (CTAI) Update
Program updates for the Conservation Technical Assistance Program will be provided.

Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) Update
A general session for NRCS staff members, with program updates provided.

Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program (MAEAP) Update
Come learn about important program updates regarding the program, database, training, and other MAEAP topics.


9:00 - 9:50 am - Breakout Sessions B

Food Safety Technician Field Trip
Details coming soon!

District Director Round Table
This facilitated round table for directors will provide participants the opportunity for discussions on topics of interest. (continued)

Forestry Assistance Program (FAP) Round Table
The facilitated forum for foresters, district managers, board members, and MDARD staff to share ideas and address concerns that are affecting local programs. 

Conservation Technical Assistance Initiative (CTAI) Round Table
This facilitated open discussion is a great opportunity to discuss issues of importance to those involved in the CTAI program. 

District Manager Round Table
This facilitated round table for managers will provide participants the opportunity for "deep dive" topic discussions in small groups.  Each group will report out on discussions at the conclusion of the session.

History of the Michigan Conservation Partnership
Details coming soon.

Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program (MAEAP) Round Table
This facilitated round table for the MAEAP program will be an opportunity to discuss current topics of interest and learn from each other.

Understanding and Using the NRCS Field Office Technical Guide to Treat Resource Concerns on Private Land
Details coming soon.


9:50 - 10:10 am - Refresh! Break


10:10 - 11:00 am Breakout Sessions C

SEEDS Youth Conservation Corps; Supporting Today's Opportunity Youth to Be Tomorrow's Next Conservationists
The SEEDS Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) is a demonstrated and effective job-training program that focuses on youth ages 16-25 who are considered highly at-risk. SEEDS has successfully employed hundreds of young people in 18 counties and is working with multiple Conservation Districts providing hands-on experience in basic job skills, as well as exposure to a variety of green-collar and conservation job industries. Join this session to learn about the program and the opportunities available for your district to engage with SEEDS YCC.

Working with Beginning and Underserved Farmers
Michigan Food and Farming Systems (MIFFS) has identified some important resources to connect beginning and underserved farmers with Conservation Districts, United States Department of Agriculture, and Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.  Jen Silveri will provide some ways to take the complexity out of the various programs and help these farmers off to a great start.  

Pesticide Container Recycling (PCR) Program
Learn about the history, structure and the coming changes in the pesticide container recycling program and how you can participate/promote the effort.

Farm Bill Programs for Forestry and Wildlife
The USDA Farm Bill is a great tool to use for forest and wildlife conservation. Utilizing these programs to achieve a landowner's objectives requires an understanding about resource concerns, appropriate programs, and timing of practices. This session is aimed at helping district technicians understand these concepts and apply them for more and better forest and wildlife conservation.

Personal Safety & De-escalation for Conservation Professionals
Ever found yourself in a questionable situation on a farm, forest, or with a landowner? Not sure how to handle an angry customer?  Trooper Smith from the Michigan State Police will provide some tips to make sure you stay safe.  The same session will run two times to provide opportunity for you to participate.  

Parliamentary Procedures
Details coming soon.

Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) Monarch Butterfly Initiative
Details coming soon.




11:10 - 12:00 pm Breakout Sessions D

Earth Team Volunteer Program
Details coming soon.

History of the Michigan Conservation Partnership  - REPEAT
Details coming soon.

Michigan's Wetland Mitigation Banking Program - what's in it for you 
Details coming soon.

Personal Safety & De-escalation for Conservation Professionals - REPEAT
Ever found yourself in a questionable situation on a farm, forest, or with a landowner? Not sure how to handle an angry customer?  Trooper Smith from the Michigan State Police will provide some tips to make sure you stay safe.  The same session will run two times to provide opportunity for you to participate.  

Non-Farm Bill Programs for Wildlife
There are a variety of conservation programs available to landowners interested in wildlife habitat outside of the USDA Farm Bill. Many agencies and NGOs offer programs for wetland restoration, grassland establishment, and forestry. This session will help technicians evaluate the options for a landowner interested in wildlife habitat and how to help a landowner enroll.


12:10 - 1:15 pm Closing Lunch and Star Awards Program
Join your friends and colleagues for a celebratory lunch to honor those who are reaching for the stars!   

8:00 am —3:00 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.


Afternoon Options

Forestry Assistance Program Afternoon Field Trip
Details coming soon.