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Newaygo Co. FB cohosts Farmer Education Day

Newaygo County Farm Bureau leader Larry Smith shared some lowdown on membership value with attendees at the organization’s recent Farmer Education Day.
Date Posted: April 12, 2024

More than 20 attendees turned out for a Farmer Education Day hosted April 5 by the Newaygo County Farm Bureau and Newaygo Conservation District. 

Newaygo County Farm Bureau Membership Captain Larry Smith kicked off the agenda with a convincing presentation on the benefits of Farm Bureau membership.

Additional presenters included a host of personnel representing a number of ag-allied entities.

MDARD Produce Safety Technician Allissa Conley provided an update on the produce safety resources available to producers. District Conservationist Kelly Bishop updated farmers in attendance on how to take advantage of several available NRCS programs. And MAEAP Tech Tanner Fowler shared information about several components of the state’s marquee pollution-risk minimization program.

From conservation the program turned to forestry, with District Forester Rod Denning providing an update on forestry programs and a comprehensive forest health update on pests and diseases impacting Michigan woodlands. 

Sally Wagoner, board chair of the Newaygo County Environmental Coalition, updated attendees on her group’s work on native ecosystem preservation and restoration, emphasizing that work’s support of sustainable agricultural practices.

While the NCEC isn’t yet closely knit with agriculture, Wagoner explained they’re interested in collaborating with local farmers to share resources related to regenerative and sustainable agricultural practices.

Turning to livestock, MSU Beef and Grazing Educator Kable Thurlow shared information about the importance of soil health and best practices for maintaining the health of both grazing animals and their pasture land.

Wrapping up the morning was MFB’s Conservation & Regulatory Relations Specialist Tess Van Gorder, presenting “Make the Most of Your Manure,” covering best manure-management practices, a regulatory update and information about the Michigan Manure Hauler Certification Program.

After a networking lunch several attendees took advantage of an opportunity to tour Kropscott Farm Environmental Center north of Fremont.

Tess Van Gorder

Tess Van Gorder

Conservation & Regulatory Relations Specialist
517-323-6711 [email protected]