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“What’s New With Poo” Manure Bus Tour was a Success!
On August 18th 2015 more than 165 farmers came from across Michigan to attend the “What’s New with Poo” field day held at Providence Agriculture in Carson City. The field day included bus tours of four dairy farms in Clinton and Gratiot Counties. Presentations were given by expert researchers and farmers utilizing innovative manure management practices and technologies that enhance farm operations and protect water quality. The tour featured farms utilizing manure separation and treatment, harvestable buffers, and a unique rotation of cover crops. The bus tour also included presentations by regional experts on mortality management, MAEAP, energy conservation, and winter application of manure. Lunch included a presentation about on-farm water quality research efforts underway in Wisconsin by Amber Radatz, co-director of the University of Wisconsin’s Discovery Farms Program. This field day was the first event put on by Michigan Innovations in Agriculture, a renewed partnership between the Clinton Conservation District and Michigan State University Extension aimed at promoting innovative and environmentally sound agricultural practices and technologies. The event was sponsored by the Clinton Conservation District, Michigan State University Extension, Clinton and Gratiot Farm Bureau offices, Michigan Milk Producers Association, Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program, Corn Marketing Program of Michigan, AIS Construction Equipment, and Providence Agriculture. Stay tuned for more events from Michigan Innovations in Agriculture!
Upper Maple River Watershed Implementation Project The Clinton Conservation District has received implementation funding to carry out projects identified in the Upper Maple River Watershed Plan. To learn more about our implementation project click here.
Attention Landowners! Dollars for You. Land for Hunters. HAP, The Hunting Access Program, is a financial opportunity for landowners that also provides public hunting opportunities in southern Michigan. It can also help control deer damage or nuisance wildlife. In 1977 the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) created the Public Access Stamp Program through Public Act 373 of 1976, with the purpose of leasing private lands to provide public access for hunting. The DNR places a high priority on providing hunting access on public and private land. Statewide, 21% of Michigan is public lands. The southern portion of the Lower Peninsula is where 89.7% of the states’ citizens live and only comprise 3% of public land. Clinton Conservation District is working in cooperation with Michigan DNR to assist landowners with applications for lease agreements in the Hunting Access Program (HAP). The District will appraise the applicants’ property for hunting purposes to determine habitat quality and post signs furnished by the DNR on property boundaries. Parcels must contain a MINIMUM of 20% grassland, wetland and/or forest habitat. Lease rates to landowners can be up to $25.00 per acre per year based upon quality of habitat. To get more information on this opportunity, go HERE
The Upper Maple River Watershed Management Plan The approved plan is available to view or download. To view the plan without appendices click here. To view appendices 1-4 click here. To view appendices 5-17 click here. Other Current District Initiatives and Activities News & Notes is the joint newsletter of Clinton County MSU Extension and the Clinton Conservation District. Our goal is to get information on agriculture and natural resources programs, research and resources to you in a timely manner. If you’d like to subscribe to e-mail, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org