Missaukee Conservation District

2012 Annual Report

2013 CALENDAR

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The Missaukee Conservation District shall serve as a catalyst to promote the wise stewardship of natural resources through education, planning and technical assistance.

Mission Statement

Missaukee Conservation District
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Larry Thompson, Chair Eric Bisballe, Vice Chair Lance Lindwall, Secretary/Treasurer Bob Haskin, Member Jim Eisenga, Member Suzanne Schwager, Associate Member Robert Kmiec, Associate Member Lyle Vanderwal, Associate Member

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Sherry L. Blaszak, Executive Director Chere Elenbaas, Administrative Assistant and Soil Erosion & Sedimentation Control Agent Jodi Venema, MAEAP Technician Jeff Fewless, CTAI Technician Jim Williams, NRCS District Conservationist Sharcy Ray, NRCS Soil Conservationist Jon Hollingsworth, Recycling Educator and Lead Coordinator Shawn Quick, Assistant Recycling Coordinator Tom Knoerl, Assistant Recycling Coordinator

Natural Resources Conservation Service
NRCS 2012 Update
Revenue 000.580 • Local Revenue 281.600 • Charge for Services 282.539 • MAEAP Grant 294.600 • Tree Sale 295.501 • CTAI Grant 298.540 • Special Projects 300.600 • Solid Waste Income 301.600 • Recycling Income Total revenue

Missaukee Conservation District Fiscal Year 2012
5,084.76 33,334.46 68,250.00 16,740.14 56,000.00 350.00 81,100.00 4,351.20 265,210.56

By Jim Williams

Conservation practices have been installed throughout Missaukee County. Through assistance from the Missaukee Conservation District staff, the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service has assisted many private landowners implement their conservation plans. Below is the list of implemented practices during 2012: • Tree Planting - 10 acres • Wildlife Grass Planting - 2 acres • Cover Crops - 305 acres • Forest Management - 100 acres • Fence - 17,000 feet • Nutrient Management - 2925 acres • Pest Management - 1031 acres • Irrigation Management - 344 acres • Irrigation Sprinklers Replaced - 2 systems • Heavy Use Area (Gravel and Concrete) - 38,600 sq.ft. • Grass Waterway - 1000 feet • Diversion - 360 feet • Animal Waste Storage Facilities – 4 Facilities • Roof Runoff Structure - 1 • Hoophouse - 1 • Mortality Composting Structure - 1 • Comprehensive Nutrient Management Plan Written - 2

Expense 281.000 • Operations 50,059.11 282.000 • MAEAP 65,250.00 289.000 • DEQ Scrap Tire Exp. 3,000.00 292.000 • FT Expense 40.00 294.000 • Tree Sales 9,861.36 295.000 • CTAI 56,000.00 298.000 • Spec Projects 25.00 300.000 • Solid Waste Exp. 81,100.00 301.000 • Recycling Expense 1,800.00 302.000 • River Clean-up 2,1300.00 303.000 • No-till Drill 100.00 Total Expense 269,365.47 Transfer from savings 4,154.91 Budget balance 0.00 these figures are subject to audit and are not finalized

Financial assistance from the Farm Bill Conservation Programs (EQIP, WHIP and CStP)* has assisted with implementing these practices. *EQIP-Environmental Quality Incentive Program, WHIP-Wildlife Habitat Improvement Program, and CStP-Conservation Stewardship Program.

Missaukee Conservation District

6180 W. Sanborn Road, Suite 3, Lake City, MI 49651 Phone 231.839.7193 • Fax 231.839.5411 • www.missaukeecd.org

From The Chair,
able to improve themselves while still staying in pretty much their field of training. We had some very good candidates interview for the open positions and two well qualified individuals were hired and have been doing a very good job to help carry on the work of the district. With our liaison person with the county board attending our meetings, it helps us as he is able to express the board’s views on some projects that we work together on. In turn, he can relay back to the board what we have been doing and what direction we are going. All in all, I would say it has been a pretty good year for the district. There is room for improvement as with all operations but we have a strong foundation to carry on the conservation programs for Missaukee County.

Larry Thompson

Another successful year for the Missaukee Conservation District is about to come to a close with a new year to start October first. Our district, unlike some others in the state, has managed with limited funding to provide many services to the residents of Missaukee County. We have been able to keep the office doors open eight hours a day five days a week while other conservation districts are open a couple days a week and some 8 hours every two weeks. This in part is because the district has two of the best administrators in the entire state when it comes to running a conservation office. This is borne out by the fact that their fellow administrators across the state voted them the best for which they received awards at the annual conference. Not only do they manage the operation well but they continue to come up with new programs to engage the public to participate in and further their knowledge about conservation. The recycle program continues to grow and improve, becoming a model and incentive for other districts that don’t have a recycle program in their county. Several of us have had the opportunity to attend two conservation conferences during the past year where we have learned to become a better operating conservation district. It is a real benefit to attend these conferences, as it is a like going back to school for a refresher course with all the updates. Plus, it gives you an opportunity to mix with folks from other districts to see what they are doing and maybe pick up an idea or two. Not only do we have very confident personnel running the office but we have great volunteers. We wouldn’t be able to do half the things we do if it weren’t for the great volunteers who have a love for conservation of the land of Missaukee County. The district also has some very good associate directors who attend our monthly meetings. They show a lot of interest and have input at all our meetings. This helps to build a stronger board to carry on the work of the conservation district. Of course, they are always looking for interested people who would like to be part of our conservation district, either as board members or an associate. Two field employees were replaced this past year as they moved on to different jobs. We hated to lose them as they were a great asset to the team. On the other hand we were glad that they were

Larry Thompson

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Missaukee Conservation District

6180 W. Sanborn Road, Suite 3, Lake City, MI 49651 Phone 231.839.7193 • Fax 231.839.5411 • www.missaukeecd.org

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The 2011-13 plat books are available for sale at the Missaukee Conservation District Office. The purchase price is $25 including tax; mailing is an additional five dollars. Plat books are also available at: A&L Trading Post Ebels Falmouth Co-op Falmouth Co-op, McBain Hopkins Creek Outfitters Horizon Book Store Lake City Chamber of Commerce

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Missaukee Conservation District

6180 W. Sanborn Road, Suite 3, Lake City, MI 49651 Phone 231.839.7193 • Fax 231.839.5411 • www.missaukeecd.org

62nd Annual Meeting

By Chere Elenbaas

Timber Wolf Lake Camp once again housed the Missaukee Conservation District Annual Meeting on February 20, 2011. The buffet style pasta bar dinner was enjoyed by 172 attendees. Live music performed by Bob and Seth Bernard and Frank Youngman set a nice tone for the program following the dinner. Congratulations were given to the following recipients. The Friend of Conservation Award recipients, Jeff Broddle, Paul King and Rick Charmoli, all employed at the Cadillac News, sponsored by Fifth Third Bank. Preston Cole received the Friend of Agriculture Award sponsored by Greenstone Farm Credit Services. The Friend of Environment Award was awarded to Lori Dodde of NMC and Jason Keeler of Marion Schools for their recycling effort which was sponsored by Chemical Bank. Volunteers with less than 40 hours donated to Missaukee Conservation District activities were asked to stand. Citizens Bank sponsored the Volunteer Recognition Awards that were given to Margie Baker, Michele Bernier, Irene Law & Beverly Lind who had donated more than 40 hours. A special thank you to Bob Bernard for his entertaining program, Living With and Rehabilitating Raptors (Birds of Prey). The 2012 Annual Dinner will take place on February 18, 2013 at Timber Wolf Lake Camp at 5:30 pm. The Beef Raffle drawing will also take place at 7:30 (license #15031). Guest Speakers Gary and Joanie McGuffin are renowned adventurers, nature photographers, writers, and conservationists. Their bestselling books include Superior: Journeys on an Inland Sea, a Great Lakes Booksellers Award winner; Paddle Your Own Canoe, An Illustrated Guide to the Art of Canoeing celebrated by the Canadian and American canoe associations;

Cadillac News receives The Friend of Conservation award in February 2012.

Where Rivers Run, the tale of their honeymoon canoe trip from the Atlantic to the Arctic Ocean; and In the Footsteps of Grey Owl: Journey into the Ancient Forest. This will be an enjoyable evening filled with food, friends, entertainment, and door prizes....all for $20 per adult.

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Recycle your old or unused drugs at the Missaukee County Sheriff’s Department drop box 24 hours a day.

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Missaukee Conservation District

6180 W. Sanborn Road, Suite 3, Lake City, MI 49651 Phone 231.839.7193 • Fax 231.839.5411 • www.missaukeecd.org

No-till Dril
Area farmers are taking advantage of the no-till drill for rent at Voelker Implement, Inc. on M- 66, Lake City. This drill, jointly owned by Missaukee Conservation District and Voelker, was purchased through a partnership between Missaukee Conservation District, Voelker Implement Sales, Inc. and Fremont Area Community Foundation Ice Mountain Environmental Stewardship Fund. In 2012 alone over 1732 acres were planted. Benefits of no-till drill usage includes less soil compaction and fewer trips across the field resulting in less time and fuel utilized.

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Missaukee Conservation District

6180 W. Sanborn Road, Suite 3, Lake City, MI 49651 Phone 231.839.7193 • Fax 231.839.5411 • www.missaukeecd.org

Spring Seedling Sale
By Chere Elenbaas

Over 24,000 seedlings were purchased at our Spring Seedling Sale April 20 and 21, 2012. A focus on healthy habitats for wildlife and people is a high priority for many. Two workshops were held on Saturday, April 21st during our sale, Tree and Pest Diseases and Tree Planting and Maintenance. Each year a poster contest entry is chosen to be placed on the front of our seedling catalog. Logan Creger’s entry into the Forest for People poster contest was chosen in 2012. Who will it be for 2013? Watch for your catalog in January 2013. If you have not received catalogs in the past and would like to be added to the mailing list, please call 231.839.7193 to be added to the mailing list.

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Seedling Sale at Missaukee County Road Commission

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Missaukee Conservation District

6180 W. Sanborn Road, Suite 3, Lake City, MI 49651 Phone 231.839.7193 • Fax 231.839.5411 • www.missaukeecd.org

Household Hazardous Waste & Special Collections
By Sherry L. Blaszak Over 3 tons of Household Hazardous Waste was collected June 2, 2012. There were also approximately 3300 tires removed from the county. We had tire collections in 2006 and 2009-12 making for a total of 13 semi-trailers full! The 2012 collections were made possible by funding obtained by Missaukee Conservation District from two sources--the USDA Rural Development and Solid Waste Management Grant assists in the Missaukee County Recycling Center as well as the collections. A newly obtained grant from Michigan Department of Environmental Quality enabled additional tire collections this year. In June the electronics collection totaled 18,381 pounds; data isn’t available at press time for the amount collected in September. Televisions, computers and anything else with a cord was accepted. We had quite the variety of televisions…everything from the “old” tube style to 2 projection televisons! Our next Household Hazardous Waste collection will take place June 1, 2013 at the Missaukee County Road Commission. Store your waste in a secondary container or tote to prevent spills until the collection. Separate items that may cause combustion or toxic fumes. We’ll also collect tires and electronics at that time.

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Missaukee Conservation District

6180 W. Sanborn Road, Suite 3, Lake City, MI 49651 Phone 231.839.7193 • Fax 231.839.5411 • www.missaukeecd.org

By Sherry L. Blaszak

Muskegon River Clean-up

Missaukee Conservation District teamed up with Missaukee Paddle Sports to host the 2012 Muskegon River Clean Up made possible through a grant obtained from the Great Lakes Commission. The effort encompassed Reedsburg State Park to Ben Jeffs Township Park at M-55 (approximately 15 miles) and Ben Jeffs Township Park to the Davis property (approximately 5 miles). Community support was given by Butterfield Township, Ducts Unlimited, Missaukee County Recycling Center, USDA Rural Development Solid Waste Management grant (funded recyclables collection), and the Muskegon River Watershed Assembly. Additional support was provided by American Rivers and Boulder Canyon Natural Foods. The on-river crew collected more than 625 pounds of trash (3.125 cubic yards). The litter pulled from the river included a couch cushion and the usual over-abundance of flip-flops, fishing tackle, bait containers, cans, and bottles. About 50 pounds of salvaged recyclable materials were turned into Missaukee County Recycling Center. Timing of river clean up worked well as the river was at a lower level than late spring, better enabling litter visibility and slower moving water. Given the extremely low level, the kayaks struggled under their heavy load as participants had to portage over several downed trees throughout the trip.

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June 2013

Irrigation Water Management to Protect Agricultural Resources

Q: What is Irrigation Water Management?

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A: Irrigation water management helps a farm determine and control the rate, amount and timing of irrigation water in a planned manner.

Q: How does Irrigation Water Management Work?

A: When a farm does not apply the proper amount of irrigation water to field water induced erosion, leaching of pesticides and costly nutrients are taken away from the plants root zone.

In Missaukee County in 2012, producers on crops from corn, alfalfa, vegetables and Christmas trees have taken advantage of this new program. Hopefully the benefits will be shared with fellow farmers to help them also reduce improper irrigation application. Resulting in a saving your farm money and keeping nutrients and water in the root zone. For information regarding irrigation water management for your farm contact the NRCS field office in Cadillac: (231) 7757681 ext. 3.

Q: Where does Irrigation Water Management Apply?

A: Irrigation Water Management Applies to all crops suitable for irrigation.

Q: Is cost share available?

A: Yes, cost share is available to qualifying irrigation units.

Q: How much does an evaluation of my pivot cost?

A: It’s Free! Your local Conservation District and NRCS staff will be happy to complete an evaluation for your farm.

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Missaukee Conservation District

6180 W. Sanborn Road, Suite 3, Lake City, MI 49651 Phone 231.839.7193 • Fax 231.839.5411 • www.missaukeecd.org

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Missaukee Conservation District

6180 W. Sanborn Road, Suite 3, Lake City, MI 49651 Phone 231.839.7193 • Fax 231.839.5411 • www.missaukeecd.org

Farm & Field Day

16th Year!

Submitted by Sherry L. Blaszak

Photo Courtesy ellen Vanderwal

Farm and Field Days were held at Geers Farms, McBain this year. We had beautiful weather days and excellent hosts! Fifth grade students from Missaukee, Roscommon and Wexford counties spent the day learning about 15 different topics. It was great welcoming another school into our mix of education. Missaukee Conservation District teamed up with Missaukee and Wexford County Farm Bureaus to plan the event for Lake City, McBain, Northern Michigan Christian, Manton, and Houghton Lake Community Schools. Participating in the event were 360 - 5th grade students in addition to teachers, bus drivers and chaperones. The educational topics offered Dairy, Hubbard Feed, Ardis Missaukee District Library, Wolverine Power, Lake City Redi-Mix, McBain Grain, Steve’s Tire Service, Voelker Equipment, Greenstone Farm Credit Services, Michigan Corn Growers, Cadillac Wexford Public Library, Falmouth Co-op, Beverly Lind, Kathy Vana, Chelsea Jones,

were: Forestry/Sawmill, Specialty Crops/Agri-tourism, Tractor Safety, Recycling, Christmas Trees, Corn Maze, Music, Bees, Ag Careers/Technology/History, Field to Feedbunk and Back, Beef/Marketing, Calf, Dairy, Horses and Small Animals. The Agri-science & Natural Resources class from Wexford-Missaukee Career Technical Center helped out by being both tour guides for the students and speaking at the Dairy and Forestry/Sawmill stations. Northern Michigan Christian’s Agriculture Program students presented at the Field to Feedbunk and Back. Others groups and individuals who contributed and/or participated: Dutchman Tree Farms, Ina Store, Missaukee MSUE, Ellens Equipment Center, Many Blessings

Haylee Jones, Sonya Jones, Cindy Jones, Jane Davis, Elaine Winkel, Sandy & Frank Rushlo, Harmony Honey Farm, Mike Rockey, January Rockey (pictured on cover), McBain Highliters and Wellington Farms. A big thank you goes out to all the organizations and individuals who supported this annual event.

Home of the Low Priced Cars!
M-66, Just South of Lake City CLASSIC CHEVROLET Corner of M-55 •&www.classicchevyonline.com 231-839-7231

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17th year of educating Missaukee and Wexford 5th grade students about Missaukee and Wexford's farming industry and natural resources!

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Missaukee Conservation District

6180 W. Sanborn Road, Suite 3, Lake City, MI 49651 Phone 231.839.7193 • Fax 231.839.5411 • www.missaukeecd.org

Soil Erosion & Sedimentation Control Program
By Chere Elenbaas Soil Erosion and Sedimentation Control (SESC) Permits are necessary any time soil is disturbed within 500 feet of a body of water or if over 1 acre of soil is disturbed. Thirty one permits were issued in 2012. During the past year, there have been a few changes in the permitting process: In the past agricultural lands were not required to obtain SESC permits in Missaukee County. It is now necessary for agricultural lands to obtain SESC permits except when plowing or tilling of lands and harvesting. This includes but is not limited to construction, converting forested land to agricultural land, disturbing over an acre of land or disturbing land within 500 feet of a lake, stream, or river. Residential permits and sites disturbing less than 1 acre have four site visits included in the total permitting fee of $90. If the permitted activity requires more than 4 visits, there will be a $50 fee for each visit. A non-residential site disturbing over one acre of land has a total permitting fee of $310. If soil is disturbed before any permit is issued, an additional $50 fee is charged for the first offense and $100 for the second offense and thereafter. Contact Chere Elenbaas at 231.839.7193 or chere.elenbaas@macd.org for more information.

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this card PROTECT and receive YOUR TRUCK $ WITH A SPRAYED-ON OFF THE RETAIL PRICE. BEDLINER!

South End Business US-131 Exit 177, Cadillac (231) 775-1222 • 1-800-828-9852 Authorized Dealer

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Halloween

Michigan Association of Conservation Districts poster contest ends this month! Theme for this year is “Where Does Your Water Shed”. Posters are judged and go on to the State competition. Who won? Visit www.missaukeecd.org.

Take a walk on the N.E.W. Missaukee Fitness Trail and enjoy the fall colors!

October 2013

Missaukee Conservation District

6180 W. Sanborn Road, Suite 3, Lake City, MI 49651 Phone 231.839.7193 • Fax 231.839.5411 • www.missaukeecd.org

2011 Poster Contest
2-3 Grades First Place Bradley Bunch, NMC Second Place riley Brinks, NMC Third Place ally Krick, NMC 4-6 Grades First Place Cami demott, NMC Second Place Brandon richardson, NMC Third Place anna Lanser, NMC 10-12 Grades First Place elizabeth embertson, NMC Two posters placed at the state judging; Bradley Bunch received second and elizabeth embertson placed first.

Forests for People, More than You Can Imagine

Missaukee County Winners 2011

by Chere Elenbaas The theme for the National Association of Conservation Districts 2011 Poster Contest was “Forests for People, More than You Can Imagine”. We all have a connection to the forests that provide wood for our homes, furniture, or cork for the center of our baseballs. They help clean the air we breathe. We also hunt, hike, RV, and watch wildlife. Sixty-three entries were judged. Missaukee Conservation District appreciates each entry submitted. All participants received a ribbon and pencil. Listed are the posters which placed.

Wild Game Hunting

• Forage Plot Seed & Fertilizer • Shell Corn • Deer Dinner • Bear Brunch • Deer Mineral Blocks • Molasses • Fuels

FALMOUTH 231-826-3301

MCBAIN 231-825-2483

Falmouth Co-op offers a complete line of premium game feeds and mineral supplements for professional game mangers, breeders, and outdoor enthusiasts

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Missaukee Conservation District

6180 W. Sanborn Road, Suite 3, Lake City, MI 49651 Phone 231.839.7193 • Fax 231.839.5411 • www.missaukeecd.org

Conservation Funding Available For orgAniC ProduCers

This past year, the Natural Resources Conservation Service provided conservation planning for over 215 acres of organic cropland in Missaukee County. In addition, four seasonal high tunnels were established throughout the county. Farmers who are either certified organic or transitioning to an organic operation are eligible for conservation financial assistance through the Natural Resources Conservation Service’s Organic Initiative. This initiative allows organic producers to compete for cost share money in a separate category than conventional farmers. Available practices include: seasonal high tunnel, cover crops, crop rotation, prescribed grazing, composting facility, residue management, nutrient management, integrated pest management, windbreak establishment. Money is also available to help off-set the cost of transitioning to an organic system. Cost share amounts are designed to pay 75-90% of the estimated cost of practice implementation. Please contact your local NRCS office if you have any questions about the program.

USDA Service Center

7192 E. 34 Rd., Cadillac, MI • (231) 775-7681 ext. 3

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15’ JD 1590 No-Till Drill

• Works in no-till conditions or tilled fields • Seeds: alfalfa, soybeans, wheatgrasses, oats and wheat • Will no see fluffy warm season grasses or smooth bromegrass

4363 S. Morey Rd. Lake City (231) 839-8660
Winter Hours: Mon.-Fri. 8 AM-5:30 PM, Sat. 8 AM-12 Noon Summer Hours: Mon., Tues.,Wed., & Fri. 8 AM-5:30 PM Thurs. 7 AM-6 PM; Sat. 8 AM-2 PM

Rents for $15/Acre thru Voelker

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Fill your Christmas shopping list at Missaukee Conservation District Gift Certificates, Books, Gift Sets, and more....

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Missaukee Conservation District

6180 W. Sanborn Road, Suite 3, Lake City, MI 49651 Phone 231.839.7193 • Fax 231.839.5411 • www.missaukeecd.org

By Jodi Venema

2012 MAEAP Report
• Gernaat Family Farms: Cropping and Livestock • Winkel Dairy Farm: Cropping and Livestock • VanderWal Farm: Livestock • Salinas Farms: Farmstead, Livestock, and Cropping • Whetstone Creek Farm: Farmstead, Livestock, and Cropping • Lake City MSU Bio-Research Station: Farmstead, Livestock, and Cropping • Sandbar Farm: Farmstead • Spark’s Sugar Den: Farmstead • Gardner Farms: Livestock and Cropping • Bischoff Farm: Livestock and Cropping As a farm girl, I always knew farming was hard work, but what I didn’t always appreciate or understand the level of intelligence that farmers have to have in order to survive and keep their livelihood going. Throughout this year, during the numerous trainings and meetings that made my head spin, I came to realize how much these people know! It’s an astronomical amount of information that is never a constant. There is a new learning curve every year and sometimes every month. Whether it’s the newest technology in the tractor (GPS driven tractors/harvesters), how to do deal with the weather, or the insect that is mowing your profit margin into the ground; agriculture is a never ending and highly dynamic way of life that we non-farmers need to not take for granted any longer. Congratulations to all of the farms that achieved these verifications. For more information about MAEAP please contact Jodi Venema at the Missaukee Conservation District at 231-839-7193 or email her at jodi.venema@ macd.org. Pictured is Steve Gardner

The Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program is a voluntary, pro-active program for farms of any size. This program helps farms reduce risks to groundwater. Achieving MAEAP verification is not always an easy task; some time and effort are expended in order to reach this goal. Verification in this case means that a farm must conform to guidelines set out by the Right to Farm Act. These guidelines are called Generally Accepted Agriculture Management Practices (GAAMPS). For instance, a farm should have a cement pad near its fuel tanks on which to fill their equipment. Manure spreading records that include which field, volume of manure spread, date, and weather conditions is another example of a GAAMP. These GAAMPS help reduce risk to groundwater and help protect the farm from complaints. The MAEAP verification in essence is telling the public that this farm is following the GAAMPS. During this past year, I’ve helped 15 farms in 5 counties become verified or re-verified in MAEAP. These 15 farms were verified in Farmstead, Livestock, or Cropping systems. For the year, 35 total systems were verified or re-verified. Fourteen new systems were verified! Below a listing of farms and the verifications achieved: • Plant-it Almost Organic Farm- Farmstead, Cropping, and Livestock • Buning Dairy Farm: Cropping and Livestock • Eisenga Farms: Farmstead and Cropping • End Road Dairy Farm: Cropping and Livestock

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January 2014

Missaukee Conservation District

6180 W. Sanborn Road, Suite 3, Lake City, MI 49651 Phone 231.839.7193 • Fax 231.839.5411 • www.missaukeecd.org

Missaukee County Recycling Center
Saturdays, 9 am - 1 pm, Wednesdays 9 am—2 pm
Acceptable Items
Newspaper print, glossy fliers in newspapers, telephone books Magazines and catalogs Any clean paper - colored, lined, computer, shredded, envelopes, unwanted mail Boxes - cereal, dry food, shoe, tissue, corrugated, paper bags, paper towel and toilet paper rolls Any type of cell phone or ink cartridge including laser cartridges. Clear bottles (you can see through them) No amber, brown or green. Milk jugs, detergent & shampoo bottles. Only jugs and bottles. Any type of CD’s, DVD’s, audio cassettes, and VHS tapes Aluminum foil, pie and food trays, pop cans Any type of these products. Food cans Styrofoam or cardboard containers Blue boat wrap and shrink wrap used to wrap large items Any brand Washers, dryers, refrigerators, metal lawn furniture Rinse out. Cases are accepted for CD’s and DVD’s only. Clean Do not bring accessories (cords, cases, etc.) Clean, remove plastic lids, crush can and place steel lids inside crushed can. Clean and unbroken Clean Clean Refrigerators will not be accepted unless accompanied by proof of Freon removal. Remove as much of backing as possible Rinse out. Keep separate from junk mail and newspapers. Keep separate from newspapers and magazines. Remove and discard liners, cellophane and metal strips, flatten boxes; separate refrigerated/wax coated cardboard from other cardboard. Do not bring cell phone accessories (cords, cases, etc.).

6240 West Sanborn Road , Lake City (just past the Missaukee County Offices), 1/4 mile west of M-66 on the north side of the road

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How to prepare
Place in boxes or bags. Don’t wrap with string. Keep separate from magazines and junk mail.

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Magazines

Junk Mail

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Cell phones and ink cartridges

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I-Phones, MP3, laptops, digital cameras,calculators

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Boat wrap, shrink wrap

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Credit cards in junk mail, Styrofoam (except for egg cartons), Aerosol cans, Furniture, Batteries, Paint, Window or plate glass, Vinyl, Paper towels or toilet paper, Wood products, Glass of any kind, Cookware, Drinking glasses, Dishes, Light bulbs, Boxes that had food directly on them - frozen food, ice cream, etc., Hard cover books or Household Hazardous Waste items

Missaukee County Recycling Center Does NOT Accept

This material is based upon work supported under a grant by the Rural Utilities Service, United States Department of Agriculture. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the Rural Utilities Service. USDA, Missaukee County and Missaukee Conservation District are equal opportunity employers and providers.

Missaukee Conservation District

6180 W. Sanborn Road, Suite 3, Lake City, MI 49651 Phone 231.839.7193 • Fax 231.839.5411 • www.missaukeecd.org

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