Lenawee Conservation District - Working locally to solve local resource issues
THE LATEST NEWS...
Welcome New NRCS District Conservationist
Nathan Hamilton has accepted the position of
District Conservationist with NRCS in the Adrian Field Office. Nathan Hamilton
is a native of Hillsboro, Ohio and a 2003 graduate of Hillsboro High School. He
earned a Natural Resources Conservation and Management degree from the
University of Kentucky in 2007.
Ag Mediation Program
The USDA’s Certified State Agricultural Mediation Program, which includes the MAMP, was established by the Agricultural Credit Act of 1987 and has been reauthorized in subsequent farm bills. It provides mediation to resolve disputes between farmers and USDA agencies, lenders, and/or creditors. There is no cost to either disputing party and resolution rates are very high. To assure neutrality in mediating disputes between farmers and USDA agencies, the MAMP is administered by an independent not-for-profit organization in Lansing, Dispute Resolution Education Resources, Inc. The MAMP has offered services since 1997 and is one of 40 such programs across the country. For more information visit the MAMP website: http://agmediation.org
Farmers Stepping Up to Clean Up Lake Erie
Take a look at Farmer Led Conservation and how farmers in the Western Lake Erie Basin (WLEB) are making changes to protect lake Erie, courtesy of the Erb Family Foundation. (Featured is Wayne, and son Pete Dinius, from Wayne Dinius Farm.)
View the video here: Farmer Led Conservation
Invasive Species Program Launched
Visit the website below regarding the new "Eyes on the Forest" program being launched by Michigan State University to help inform residents about the risk and impact of invasive forest pests:
The Lenawee Conservation District was awarded grants from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality and the Great Lakes Commission to work with farmers within Lenawee County on potential improvements toward water quality and the impact to Lake Erie. These projects are in an effort to meet the State of Michigan's phosphorus reduction goals of 20% by 2020 and 40% by 2025 within the River Raisin. Farmers have the ability to receive some assistance to incorporate the following Best Management Practices (BMPs) in targeted watersheds: Drainage Water Management Structures, Buffer Strips, Saturated Buffers, Blind Inlets, and GPS Nitrogen sensors.
View the funding opportunities that the Lenawee Conservation District has for Best Management Practices by clicking on the grant application below:
BMP Grant Application or contact the Lenawee Conservation District office at 517-263-7400 Ext. 3 for an application.
Click here for Strip Tiller Grant application.
Established in 1946, Lenawee Conservation District is an independent county level resource assisting residents, producers, and communities to help resolve natural resource concerns. The District is self-funded, serving the public with revenue obtained through an annual tree and shrub fundraiser sale, grants, and county appropriations.
Lenawee Conservation District works with a variety of other local, state, and federal agencies and organizations to accomplish greater results in conservation and protection of our local natural resources.
As a result of the Dust Bowl in the 1920s from severe erosion due to negatively impacting farm practices, Congress established the Natural Resources Conservation Service, which directed money toward programs that would help protect natural resources and empower landowners to become better stewards of the land. But with no delivery approach for the federal programs, Congress realized that a local level organization was needed to help promote conservation programs available to agricultural landowners. Thus, a Conservation District Law was established, allowing communities to elect their own county conservation district boards, which would partner with the federal agencies and serve as the storefront and information center for available conservation programs and assistance.
Drainage Management Practices & Water Quality Video
Michigan Farm Bureau has uploaded a video to You Tube about a field day that took place on June 1, 2018 in Lenawee County.
Determining how various drainage management practices affect water quality within the Western Lake Erie Basin is the goal of state-funded research. The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) and the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) are teaming up with Michigan State University to investigate the effectiveness of controlled drainage at three Lenawee County Farms. Michigan is pumping one million dollars into the five year study. Results will be available at future Center for Excellence Field Days.
USDA-National Resources Conservation Service Wetland Reserve Easements
Find out more about assistance with restoring and establishing wetland easements in an informational guide by clicking here.
USDA has financial and technical assistance to restore, protect and enhance wetlands. Find out more about the Tri-State Western Lake Erie Basin Wetland Reserve Easement assistance by clicking here.