MAEAP Phase I credits available at 2013 Integrated Pest Management Academy

Getting verified in the MAEAP shows your peers and neighbors that you’re committed to agricultural stewardship and protecting the environment. Start the process today by attending the IPM Academy for your Phase 1 credit.

Growers are invited to attend the 2013 Integrated Pest Management Academy, a Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program (MAEAP) Phase 1 meeting, on Feb. 19-20 in Okemos, Mich. There you will fill out a MAEAP Phase 1 form to start the process. (Registration is open through Feb. 12, so register today.)

After attending the educational meeting, you will then be contacted by your local Conservation District to do a farm-specific risk assessment. Each assessment looks at the farm and evaluates different aspects, especially areas that could use updating or improvement to minimize environmental risks and pollution. The farmer then works to correct any of these areas and make necessary improvements and is visited by a Verifier who ensures the farmer has implemented environmentally sound practices.

After becoming MAEAP verified, a farm can display a MAEAP sign, signifying that MAEAP partners recognize the farm is environmentally assured. To learn more about the importance of MAEAP verification visit the website at www.maeap.org.

MAEAP Phase I credits available at 2013 Integrated Pest Management AcademyThe Michigan State University Extension 2013 IPM Academy will address the weather challenges of the 2012 production season with the help of Dr. Jonathan Comstock from Cornell University’s Department of Horticulture. Comstock will specifically address shifting weather patterns and the related impacts affecting agricultural producers. Comstock is a climate change expert and is co-author of both the Agriculture and Ecosystems chapters of the recent New York ClimAID Report, which looks at climate change vulnerabilities and adaptation strategies. MSU experts will also be on hand to discuss irrigation, frost protection and changing weather patterns in Michigan.

On the second day of the event, participants will opt into two, half-day sessions on the topics of their choice. Morning sessions include

Afternoon sessions include

Agricultural educators and consultants will receive a complimentary IPM bulletin of their choice. For more information on what these sessions include please access the IPMA13 registration page.

The cost of this program is $225. Registration is open through Feb. 12, but space is limited so register today. For more information, or to request a paper registration form, please contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) at 231-944-6504.

This program was developed with support from the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program, which is funded by the U.S. Department of AgricultureNational Institute of Food and Agriculture (USDA-NIFA). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.