Michigan Chapter
Michigan Chapter

"It is not enough to simply conserve our soil and water resources.  The challenge is to restore them."  Mark Berkland, President, SWCS

UPCOMING EVENTS

DRAINAGE MONTORING WORKSHOP

10:00 am to 3:00 pm, July 19, 2018

Sponsored by MSU Extension, MDARD & MDEQ

Partnering with Lenawee Conservation District

Drainage Monitoring Field Day Flyer.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [460.5 KB]

73RD SWCS INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE

CULTURE, CLIMATE AND CONSERVATION

Albuquerque, New Mexico

July 29 - August 1, 2018

More Information

PRIOR 2018  EVENTS

MICHIGAN CHAPTER SEMINAR

Held Friday, March 2, 2018

Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center

East Lansing, Michigan

A Matter of Balance:
Managing Soil and Crop Nutrient Systems
to Protect Water Quality.

 

Crop nutrients and organic inputs are essential for soil health, crop growth and farm profitability, but cropping systems are complex and rainfall is increasingly unpredictable. Tools for managing nutrients are improving, yet farmers have many questions about how to manage their cropping system to build soil health, and water quality problems associated with sediment and excess nutrients persist.

 

Research results and on-farm observation has shown that runoff water from rainfall and snowmelt is nutrient-rich. Excessive rainfall carries nutrient-laden sediment from urban landscapes and farm fields, and can quickly enter subsurface drains through natural channels in the soil formed by plant roots, soil fauna, and other natural phenomena.

 

Conference speakers included national experts and experienced crop producers who shared experience and insights into how to capture crop nutrients and organic inputs in the root zone for crop use, and to build soil health and keep contaminants from entering waterways.

2018 SEMINAR SPONSORS
2018 Sponsors handout v2.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [482.3 KB]
MICHIGAN CHAPTER SWCS 2018 ANR SEMINAR AGENDA
2018 MI-SWCS ANR Seminar Agenda.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [94.1 KB]
2018 ANR SEMINAR PRESENTATION ABSTRACTS
2018_ANR_Abstracts.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [91.5 KB]
2018 ANR SEMINAR SPEAKER BIOGRAPHIES
2018_ANR_Speaker_Bios.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [86.0 KB]

PRESENTATION PDFs

DR. LABOSKI'S FIRST PRESENTATION - In Season N Applications for Corn: Pros and Cons
Laboski-NTime_MI-SWCS_2018.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [5.8 MB]
BROCK GOBROGGE PRESENTATION
Gobrogge3.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [3.1 MB]
DR. LABOSKI'S SECOND PRESENTATION - Dairy Manure N Availability as Influenced by Application Timing, Manure Treatment, and Nitrification Inhibitor Use
Laboski ManureN_MI-SWCS_2018.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [9.5 MB]
CLARE LINDAHL PRESENTATION
Lindahl2.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [1.9 MB]
ALAINA NUNN PRESENTATION
Nunn.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [4.0 MB]
EHSAN GHANE PRESENTATION
Ghane2.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [7.6 MB]

Dr. Ehsan Ghane presenting at the Michigan Chapter SWCS ANR Seminar on March 2, 2018.

ARCHIVES

MICHIGAN CHAPTER 2017 ANNUAL MEETING

Was held Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Shanty Creek Hotel and Resort

Bellaire, Michigan

2017 TREASURER'S REPORT
Treasurers_Report_2017_annual_meeting.pd[...]
Adobe Acrobat document [88.9 KB]
MEMBERSHIP, POLICY AND SCHOLARSHIP REPORTS
HB Reports for Annual Meeting 11-1-17.p[...]
Adobe Acrobat document [60.4 KB]

Outgoing and Incoming President's Reports

MICHIGAN CHAPTER 2017 FALL FIELD TRIP

 

BRINGING HIGH QUALITY
HOPS TO THE MIDWEST

 

Was held Wednesday, November 1, 2017

 

The Field Trip was to MI Local Hops at Williamsburg, Michigan., one of the largest hops production farm harvesting, processing and storage facilities in the Midwest.  We had a discussion of Hops production including: planting of Hops and building of trellis system, stock and variety selection,  pest and nutrient management, irrigation requirements and more.  We then toured the state of the art hops processing, pelletizing, blending, and cold storage facilities which had just went through the second harvest season in 2017. This farm completed MAEAP Farmstead and Cropping verifications in May 2016.  We learned about all aspects of the hops industry from the MSU Extension educators and the amazing team from MI Local Hops that have traveled the world learning about Hops Production.

UNMANNED AERIAL VEHICLES (UAV)

Precision Agriculture and Water Resources

This Workshop was held Friday, Nov. 3, 2017

at Shanty Creek Hotel and Resort

Bellaire, Michigan

 

There were 3-15 minute presentations. The goal was to bring the audience up to date with evolving and newly available technologies/systems.

  • The first presentation was by Professor Bruno Basso from MSU who is an internationally recognized leader in Plant  Modeling and use of UAV’s in optimizing  cropping systems for profitability and resource sustainability.
     
  • The second presentation was by Brian Matchett, Program Coordinator, Institute of Agricultural Technology; and Alex Bloye, Northwestern Michigan College (NMC), who discussed the UAV in Agriculture training program for students in partnership with the NMC that is extremely popular.
     
  • The third presentation was by Jeremiah Asher, Institute of Water Research, MSU, discussing the use of yield monitoring data for long term profitability while improving water quality and implementation of environmental practices.
     
  • Handouts were developed for each presentation and provided to the audience to expand upon the topics and to enhance continued communication.

UNMANNED AERIAL VEHICLE (UAV) DEMONSTRATION

Held at noon, Friday, November 3

Shanty Creek Hotel and Resort

 

The DJI Agras MG-1 is an octocopter designed for precision variable rate application of liquid pesticides, fertilizers and herbicides. Northwestern Michigan College (NMC) was the first organization in the U.S. to obtain an Agras MG-1. UAS applications in agriculture courses are being taught at NMC in partnership with the MSU Institute of Agricultural Technologies.

 

BELOW PHOTO OF DJI AGRAS MG-1 IN OPERATION PROVIDED BY PRESENTER

THE MICHIGAN CHAPTER SOIL AND WATER CONSERVATION SOCIETY FALL HIGHWAY CLEANUP WAS HELD FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 2017, ON US-127 NORTH, JUST SOUTH OF INTERSTATE 69, EAST LANSING, MI.  PARTICIPANTS WERE SWCS MEMBERS GAYLYNN KINTER, DAN KESSELRING, GREGG THOEN AND DIANE FIELDER; AND NON-MEMBERS CAROL WADE, WILLIAM BOWMAN AND JOE CALUS.  ALL OF THEM RETIRED USDA-NRCS EMPLOYEES.

MICHIGAN CHAPTER 2017 ANR SEMINAR

Held March 3, 2017

East Lansing, MI

A Matter of Balance:
Feeding our Crops, Protecting the Waters of the Great Lakes

AGENDA, PRESENTATION ABSTRACTS AND SPEAKER BIOGRAPHIES

2017 ANR SEMINAR AGENDA
2017_ANR_Agenda_v7.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [84.7 KB]
PRESENTATION ABSTRACTS
This file contains the presentation abstracts.
2017_ANR_Abstracts v3.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [101.1 KB]
SPEAKER BIOGRAPHIES
This file contains the speaker biographies.
2017_ANR_Speaker_Bios v4.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [264.8 KB]

PRESENTATIONS IN PDF FORMAT

INSTILLING HEALTH IN UN-HEALTHY SOILS: BY DR. NEWELL KITCHEN
Kitchen_instilling_health_into_unhealthy[...]
Adobe Acrobat document [8.6 MB]

Dr. Kitchen recommended the book "dirt: The Erosion of Civilizations" by Dr.  David R. Montgomery.

COMBATING NUTRIENT TRANSPORT IN DRAINAGE WATER USING VARIOUS CONSERVATION PRACTICES: BY DR. EHSANE GHANE
Ghane_combating_nutrient_transport.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [15.0 MB]
THINKING OUTSIDE THE LAKE: BY DR. SCOTT SOWA
Sowa_Thnking_Outside_the_Lake.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [9.1 MB]
FINDING VALUE IN CONSERVATION TARGETING USING PRECISION AGRICULTURE TECHNOLOGIES: BY DR. NEWELL KITCHEN
Kitchen_precision_agriculture.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [7.4 MB]
USING TILE DRAINAGE WATER AND DETENTION PONDS TO SUPPLEMENT OVERHEAD IRRIGATION: BY MR. BOB MANTEY
Mantey_Irrigating_with_limited_water_res[...]
Adobe Acrobat document [18.7 MB]
RIGHT TO FARM - AN OPPORTUNITY, NOT A 'RIGHT': BY MR. WAYNE WHITMAN
Whitman_RTF _GAAMPs.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [4.0 MB]

MICHIGAN CHAPTER 2016 FALL WORKSHOP

Technological and Innovative Selection of Conservation Practices
Held 1:00 to 4:30 p.m., Monday, October 24, 2016

Shanty Creek Resort, Bellaire, MI

The IWR develops interactive tools that address real world problems such as nonpoint source pollution and water availability. Their suite of decision support, watershed analysis and networking tools transform complex modeling, mapping and assessment into accessible and freely available online applications.

 

Tool development at the IWR stems from collaborative partnerships and innovative research. They design their tools in close coordination with stakeholders and combine leading edge software development, modeling expertise and comprehensive training to provide holistic, practical and effective systems.

 

IWR has provided critical decision support tools that are being used to inform on-the-ground protection and restoration actions that are improving Michigan’s water resources for current and future generations.

 

INVITED SPEAKERS INCLUDED:

 

Jeremiah Asher, Director of Information Technology
     MSU Institute of Water Research
Betsy Dierberger, State Resource Conservationist
     USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service
Amy Gilhouse, MAEAP Technician
     Lenawee Conservation District

Jerry Grigar, State Agronomist

     USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service
Joe Kelpinski, MAEAP Program Manager
     Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development
Ben Wickerham, Saginaw Bay Conservation Innovation Assistant
     The Nature Conservancy

Laura Young, Outreach Associate
     MSU Institute of Water Research

MICHIGAN CHAPTER SWCS FALL WORKSHOP AGENDA
MISWCS 2016 Fall Workshop agenda.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [77.5 KB]

WORKSHOP PRESENTATIONS AND LINKS

(Not all presentations had visuals)

"SOM MANAGEMENT - FOCUS ON C INSTEAD OF T"
JERRY GRIGAR'S POWERPOINT PRESENTATION IN PDF FORMAT
JGrigar 10-24-2016 presentation.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [8.3 MB]
"MICHIGAN SENSITIVE AREAS IDENTIFICATION SYSTEM"
LAURA YOUNG'S PRESENTATION IN PDF FORMAT
LYoung 10-24-16 presentation.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [5.2 MB]

           "OVERVIEW/DEMONSTRATION"

            JEREMIAH ASHER'S PRESENTATION (ON-LINE)

GREAT LAKES WATERSHED MANAGEMENT SYSTEM: APPLICATIONS IN THE FIELD
BEN WICKERHAM'S POWERPOINT PRESENTATION IN PDF FORMAT
GLWMS examples of use by TNC.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [1.2 MB]

            POST WORKSHOP INSTRUCTIONAL VIDEO THAT SHOWCASES

            THE  USE OF THE GREAT LAKES WATERSHED MANAGEMENT

            SYSTEM IN THE FIELD.  (Password "tnc")

MICHIGAN CHAPTER ANNUAL MEETING
Held 11:00 a.m. Monday, October 24, 2016
At Shanty Creek Resort, Bellaire, Michigan

DOCUMENTS FROM THE 2016 ANNUAL MEETING

2016 Treasurers Report
This is the Treasurer's Report for the period January 1 through September 30, 2016.
SWCS_2016_BUDGET_annual_meeting-1.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [71.6 KB]
Maureen Stine's 2016 Outgoing President's Report to the membership
Outgoing President's Report_Stine_2016v2[...]
Adobe Acrobat document [56.5 KB]

MARCH 4, 2016, ANR SEMINAR

A MATTER OF BALANCE

Systems Approaches to Managing Great Lakes Landscapes

March 4, 2016, ANR Seminar Agenda
2016_ANR_Agenda_v8.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [69.3 KB]

SEMINAR PRESENTATIONS IN PDF FORMAT

Presentation by Dr. Merrin Macrae, Associate Professor & Associate Chair, Undergraduate Programs, Geography Programs, Department of Geography and Environmental Management, University of Waterloo, Ont.
Title: Phosphorus losses in surface runoff and tile drainage from agricultural fields using multiple conservation strategies for phosphorus management.
Macrae.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [13.9 MB]
Presentation by Lisa Reynolds Fogarty, Science Chief, Water Resource Investigations, Michigan-Ohio Water Science Center, USGS, Lansing, Michigan
Title: Assessing Water Quality from Edge of Field to the Great Lakes
Fogerty.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [27.0 MB]
Presentation by Dustin Goering, Hydrologist, National Weather Service, Chanhassen, Minnesota
Title: Runoff Risk Decision Support Tool
Goering.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [4.8 MB]
Presentation by Larry Nobis, Nobis Dairy Farms, St. Johns, Michigan
Title: Managing a Dairy-based Cropping System to Protect Water Quality and Build Soil Health
Nobis.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [2.0 MB]
Presentation by Brian Boyer, Environmental Engineer, Keiser & Associates, LLC, Kalamazoo, Michigan
Title: Advancements in Urban Stormwater Management for Water Quality Improvements
Boyer.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [6.3 MB]

MARCH 6, 2015, ANR SEMINAR

A MATTER OF BALANCE

FEEDING OUR CROPS AND PROTECTING OUR WATER
IN A CHANGING CLIMATE

March 6, 2015, ANR Seminar Agenda
2015_ANR_Agenda_Final.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [72.8 KB]

PRESENTATIONS IN PDF FORMAT

Dr. David Baker presentation "Long-term Trends in Agricultural Runoff to Lake Erie: Causes, Consequences and Remedies"
Dr Baker 2015 Pres.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [4.8 MB]
Nathan Moore presentation "Past and Projected Future Impacts of Climate on Agriculture in the Great Lakes Region"
SWCS Moore.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [18.1 MB]

The rest of the presentations were not made available to us for publication.

MARCH 7, 2014, ANR SEMINAR
A MATTER OF BALANCE:
APPROACHES TO SOIL HEALTH AND WATER QUALITY

2014 SEMINAR AGENDA
2014_ANR_Agenda_final.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [77.7 KB]

PRESENTATIONS IN PDF FORMAT

Sustaining the Pedosphere: Establishing A Framework for Management, Utilization and Restoration of Soils in Cultured Systems, by Dr. Eugene Kelly
Kelly1_MI-SWCS_ANR_Seminar_3-7-14.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [5.1 MB]
Soil health and water quality: Is perennial cover the critical ingredient?, by Dr. Sieg Snapp
Snapp_MI-SWCS_ANR_Seminar_3-7-14.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [16.5 MB]
The Dirt on Clean Water: How Farmers are helping protect the Paw Paw River Watershed, by Colleen Forestieri
Forestieri_MI-SWCS_ANR_Seminar_3-7-14.pd[...]
Adobe Acrobat document [7.4 MB]
Keeping Nitrogen and Phosphorus out of Surface Water with Cover Crops, by James Hoorman
Hoorman_MI-SWCS_ANR_Seminar_3-7-14.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [12.4 MB]
A Matter of Balance: From a Farmer's Perspective, by Ken Blight
Blight_MI-SWCS_ANR_Seminar_3-7-14.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [7.5 MB]
How Much Conservation is Really Enough? Lessons from The Nature Conservancy's Saginaw Bay Watershed Project, by Mary Fales,
Fales_MI-SWCS ANR Seminar_3-7-14.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [6.9 MB]
Innovation is our tradition: Perspectives on the future of Soil and Water Quality Research and Management, by Dr. Eugene Kelly
Kelly2_MI-SWCS_ANR_Seminar_3-7-14.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [906.3 KB]

MARCH 6, 2013, ANR SEMINAR

A MATTER OF BALANCE:

AFTER THE AFTERMATH - ADDRESSING NATURAL RESOURCES IN EMERGENCIES

2013 ANR SEMINAR AGENDA
2013_ANR_Agenda_handout.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [69.6 KB]

PRESENTATIONS IN PDF FORMAT

Incident Command: How the Emergency Management Sturture Develops - Brad Deacon, MDARD
Intro to ICS Emerg Mgmt 2013 SWCS.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [4.6 MB]
Unified Response to the 2010 Enbridge Line 6B Discharge - Ralph Dollhopf, EPA
20120417_EPAPublicPres_v1_7.pptx
Microsoft Power Point presentation [35.8 MB]
Responding to Natural Resource Damages Associated with the Enbridge Line 6b Oil Spill - Jay Wesley
Enbridge Soil Water Cons Society.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [9.0 MB]
Emergency Planning on the Farm - Dan Busby, MDARD
2013SeminarBusby2.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [6.3 MB]
Food, Agriculture and Rural Michigan - All Hazards Emergency Preparednes - Brad Deacon
SWCS Ag Emerg 2013.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [4.8 MB]
Mortality Management Planning and Response Considerations - Dale Rozeboom, MSU
2013_Sem_Emer_Mort_Mgmt_Rozeboom.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [1.6 MB]

MARCH 7, 2012, ANR SEMINAR

A MATTER OF BALANCE:

ENERGY, WATER AND WORKING LANDS

2012 ANR SEMINAR AGENDA
2012_ANR_Agenda_mstr_final.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [67.1 KB]

PRESENTATIONS IN PDF FORMAT

California Agriculture: The Water-Power Connection - Brandon Souza, Assistant Executive Director, Agricultural Water Management Council, Sacramento, California
,
SouzaAMPresentation2012.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [5.7 MB]
Water Availability and Use in the Great Lakes Region - Howard Reeves, Hydrologist, USGS, Lansing. MI
H Reeves SWCS_Seminar.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [4.5 MB]
Irrigation Energy Needs - Steve Miller, Visiting Instructor, Department of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
S Miller SWCS seminar.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [10.7 MB]
California Water Issues: Agricultural Water Use Efficiency and Conservation - Brandon Souza
SouzaPMPres2012.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [3.3 MB]
Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) - Richard M. Banderbeek, Loan Specialist, USDA Rural Development
REAP (SWCS Seminar) 3-7-12.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [1.4 MB]
All Things Great Lakes - Patricia Birkholtz, Director, Office of the Great Lakes, State of Michigan
P Birkholz Soil Water.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [6.3 MB]

MARCH 9, 2011, ANR SEMINAR

A MATTER OF BALANCE:

ECOSYSTEM SERVICES AND SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE

2011 ANR SEMINAR AGENDA
2011ANRAgenda.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [61.9 KB]

PRESENTATIONS IN PDF FORMAT

Ecosystem Services: An Introduction - Dr. Patrick Doran, Director of Science, The Nature Conservancy
Doran-MSU ANR Week-SWCS Seminar-8Mar2011[...]
Adobe Acrobat document [7.7 MB]
Future Midwestern Landscaptes Study Update - Dr. Betsy Smith, National Exposures Research Laboratory, USEPA
FML MI SWCS Mar 2011.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [7.3 MB]
Developing Markets for Ecosystem Services - Carl Lucero, Office of Environmental Markets, USDA
Carl Lucero Michigan Env Mkts Presentati[...]
Adobe Acrobat document [1.1 MB]
Ecosystem Services from Crop Management: What They Cost to Supply and What Citizens Will Pay - Dr. Scott M. Swinton, Department of Agriculture, Food and Resource Economics, Michigan State University
Swinton2011mar9.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [1.8 MB]
Ecosystem Markets and Sustainable Agriculture - Todd Parker, Associate, Climate Change and Natural Resources, Delta Institute
ANR Week Ecosystem Markets.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [1.1 MB]

CHAPTER NEWS

MICHIGAN CHAPTER LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEE DISCUSSION ON MICHIGAN HOUSE BILL 5638

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"There are national associations for the preservation of wild flowers and the preservation of propagation of wildlife, but not for the preservation of the soil.  Conservation of this most fundamental and important of all resources is seldom seriously considered by anyone not directly or indirectly associated with the ownership or management of a farm, and is too infrequently considered even by the farmers themselves." 1928  Hugh Hammond Bennett, co-founder of the Soil and Water Conservation Society (formerly the Soil Conservation Society of America)

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Michigan Chapter Membership Benefits
Chapter_membership_flier_v11.pdf
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