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MAEAP Messages 2018

October 3, 2018: Michigan Wheat Program:  Executive Director of the Michigan Wheat Program, Jody Pollok-Newsom, talks about the incentives wheat farmers can receive if they become MAEAP verified in the Cropping System.

September 26, 2018: Michigan Cattlemen's Association: George Quackenbush talks about the Michigan Cattlemen's Association involvement with MAEAP and Breakfast on the Farm. 

September 19, 2018: Michigan Pork Producers: Mary Kelpinski talks about Michigan Pork Producers involvement with MAEAP.

September 12, 2018: MAEAP Message Recap: Pat Driscoll recaps the past 10-weeks of MAEAP message content. Partners will also be featured in the next few weeks. 

July 16, 2018: Governor's Perspective: Pat Driscoll talks with Governor Rick Snyder about the importance of MAEAP. 

July 2, 2018: National Perspective: Pat Driscoll looks at MAEAP on a national scale and speaks with a representative from the USDA, who has a special connection to Michigan.  

June 25, 2018: Edible Flint: Edible Flint's site supervisor, Terry McLean talks with Pat Driscoll about how becoming MAEAP verified is an extra credential.

June 18, 2018: Producer Perspective 2: Pat talks with Steve Tennes of Country Mill on the ease of becoming MAEAP verified.

June 11, 2018: Producer Perspective 1: Pat Driscoll talks to a Jake Zwemmer of Roto-Z Dairy about the MAEAP process.

June 4, 2018: Consumer Perspective: Pat talks to a young mom about what she looks for when she buys food and how a voluntary environmental program, like MAEAP, makes her feel about agriculture and the food she buys.

May 28, 2018: Western Lake Erie Basin Part 2: Pat Driscoll continues his interview with the Director of Ohio SEA Grant,  Dr. Chris WInslow and what is happening in the Western Lake Erie Basin. 

May 21, 2018: Western Lake Erie Basin: Dr. Chris Winslow, Director of Ohio SEA Grant, gives listeners a history of the problems around Lake Erie and how we can fix it. 

May 14, 2018: History of MAEAP: Joe Kelpinski, Manager of the MAEAP program, gives listeners a brief history of MAEAP.

May 7, 2018: Introduction to MAEAP: Pat Driscoll gives a personal message about the MAEAP program and agriculture. 



MAEAP Minutes

MAEAP Minutes are brought to you by the Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program, the Michigan Farm Radio Network and Brownfield Ag News. Covering up to date MAEAP news, MAEAP Minutes keep you in the know.

August 13, 2015 - Jack Knorek with the Michigan Department of Agriculture’s Environmental Stewardship Division is on the line today to speak about environmental efforts in Southwest Michigan.

August 6, 2015 - The Center for Excellence Field Day, which happens the 3rd week in August in the Western Lake Erie Basin area, is discussed with Lindsay Garrison of the Lenawee Conservation District.

July 30, 2015 - Michigan Innovations in Agriculture Summer Tour this August is focused on manure management with their bus tour, “What’s New with Poo.” Clinton County Conservation District Technician, Lindsey Martin explains more about the tour stops and activities.

July 23, 2015 - Mike Klooster, owner and operator of two MAEAP-verified farms talks about his verification experience and the process to become verified.

July 15, 2015 - Senior Educator Marilyn Thelen, of Michigan State University Extension, is on the line to speak about their initiative in the Western Lake Erie Basin to help farmers improve water quality.

July 9, 2015 - MDARD's Steve Shine talks about how to identify environmental risks on your farm and implementing practices to eliminate or decrease them.

July 2, 2015 - Hillsdale conservation district technician, Allison Dauer, is on to discuss a water sampling project in the Western Lake Erie Basin to help identify best management practices to control nutrient runoff.

June 18, 2015 - Monica Day, Water Resource Educator for Michigan State University Extension, speaks about the Cooling the Hot Spots program, targeted toward the Western Lake Erie Basin and farmers in the River Raisin Watershed.

June 11, 2015 - Sixth generation crop farmer, Doug Darling of Monroe County, is on the line to discuss his personal experience in getting MAEAP-verified in both the Farmstead and Cropping Systems. 

June 4, 2015 - Find out more about the near 20 year partnership MAEAP has had with Michigan Farm Bureau (MFB) by listening to Laura Campbell, MFB's Manager of the Ag Ecology Department.

May 28, 2015 - Livestock Environmental Extension Educator, Shelby Burlew of MSU Extension is on the line to talk about the targeted programming efforts of MAEAP in the Western Lake Erie Basin to improve water quality.

May 21, 2015 - Clay Martz, manager of the Crop Production Services Woodbury Farm Center in Mid-Michigan, is on to speak about benefits of partnerships between ag retailers and MAEAP-verified farms.

May 19, 2015 - From MDARD, Brian Rowe addresses how pesticide use and storage is monitored with MAEAP.

May 14, 2015 - Bern Kroupa, of Old Mission Fruit Company, discusses the benefits he has experienced with the MAEAP program, including avoiding potential hazards, having fire emergency procedures in place and improving pest management.

April 30, 2015 - Spencer Stegenga is on the line again this week to discuss why Bowers Harbor Vineyard became MAEAP-verified along with his personal MAEAP experience.

April 23, 2015 - Mark Kies, a farmer from Hillsdale county, is on today talking about conservation practices involving tillage.

April 16, 2015 - Director of Sustainability Research for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, Dr. Kim Stackhouse-Lawson speaks about the beef industry's contribution and role in creating sustainable practices for their farmers and ranchers. 

April 14, 2015 - Michigan's wine industry and its sustainabiliy programs are discussed with Spencer Stegenga of Bowers Harbor Vineyard on Old Mission Penninsula.

April 2, 2015 - MDARD's Jim Johnson is on the line to speak about sustainability and how farmers are implementing sustainable practices. 

March 26, 2015 - NRCS water quality specialist, Ruth Shaffer breaks down CNMPs, making a CNMP plan and how these can be incorporated into your MAEAP verification. 

March 19, 2015 - Ferry Farms, LLC, is spotlighted with owner Scott Ferry on air explaining his MAEAP experience. Being verified has created a better, more tailored process of manure management for their operation.

March 12, 2015 - MAEAP technician serving Jackson and Calhoun counties, Sharon Williams, joins us today speaking about what to look for in regards to manure management during assessments. 

March 5, 2015 - In the Western Lake Erin Basin region, a Farmer's Advisory Committee is coming up on March 17. Shelby Berlew of MSU Extension talks about her role at the upcoming meeting and manure management.

February 26, 2015 - From the Nature Conservency, Carrie Vollmer-Sanders is on the line to speak about the 4R program to promote soil health & nutrient management.

February 18, 2015 - Lindsay Garrison, MAEAP technician from Lenawee County, talks about the increasing number of verifications in the Western Lake Erie Basin.

February 12, 2015 - Elaine Brown is on again this week, speaking about new MAEAP pilot progams that expand on current incentives.

February 10, 2015 - MDARD's Elaine Brown is featured and shares some new year improvements to the MAEAP program, including adding new technicians.

January 29, 2015 - Orchard View Farms is featured this week and partner Paul Hubbell explains his experience with the MAEAP program.

January 22, 2015 - This week, MAEAP Engineer, Laura Doud clarifies recent rule changes made for storage and handling of flammable and combustible liquids.

Listen to MAEAP Minutes from before January 15, 2015.


February 2015 MAEAP PSA - Elaine Brown, of MDARD, on gaining cost-share dollars from the Natural Resources Conservation Service and how they can be put towards environmental conservation on the farm..

For previous MAEAP PSA announcements, click here.