Marilyn Thelen                                                                        Clinton Conservation District
 989-224-5240                                                                                      989-224-3720, ext. 3                                                 
August 2015 
In This Issue


If you are interested in seeing the latest developments in manure management, both on the farm and in the field, plan to attend What's new with Poo!, August 18, 2015 at Providence Agriculture, 9650 Roosevelt Road, Carson City, MI 48811.  Learn first-hand from producers about innovative manure handling technology and conservation practices. In addition to farm tours we have Amber Radatz, co-director of the Wisconsin Discovery Farms as the keynote speaker.   The University of Wisconsin Discovery Farms program began in 2001 and is a cooperative effort between Wisconsin farmers, UW- Extension and UW-Madison. This farmer-led program works with the U.S. Geological Survey to gather credible and unbiased water quality information from different types of farming systems, in landscapes throughout Wisconsin. 

The What's New with Poo bus tour, hosted by Michigan State University Extension and the Clinton County Conservation District, is for livestock farmers and cash crop farmers who utilize manure in their crop nutrient program. Space is limited and pre-registration is required.  Register online or by calling the Clinton County Conservation District at (989) 224-3720 or the Gratiot County Michigan State University Extension office at (989) 875-5233. The registration fee, which covers the tour, lunch and all materials, is $25 per person or $40 per farm up to four individuals. The deadline to register for this event is Tuesday August 11.

Check the calendar of events for other great programs in our area.

News & Notes, is a local publication of both MSU Extension and the Clinton Conservation District.  This newsletter is published monthly and e-mailed to subscribers providing them with timely articles and information on local events pertaining to field crop production and conservation programs.  Subscribers to the US-mail version of News & Notes will receive only the December and June issues.   To subscribe to the e-mail version of News & Notes and receive monthly issues, simply send an e-mail to with News & Notes in the subject line. 


Enjoy the beautiful summer!


Marilyn L. Thelen, Sr. Educator                                   John Switzer, Executive Director

Integrated Cropping and Livestock Systems               Clinton Conservation District

Michigan State University Extension


Events and Happenings
July 13 - September 19, 2015 -   Summer Discovery Tours on Lake Erie, the Detroit River and Lake St. Clair

August 10, 2015 - Hop Scouting Workshops, Hopyards of Kent, 11908 Elkins St., NE, Greenville, MI  48838, 5 p.m. - 7 p.m., 2 Pesticide Recertification Credits available, no registration fee but registration required

August 12, 2015 - Haindl Farm Pasture Walk, Jon Haindl Farm, Wolf Rd. between Poupour Rd. and Thunder Lake Rd., Cooks, MI 49817, 4 p.m. - 6 p.m.

August 15, 2015 - Breakfast on the Farm - Gratiot County, Wheeler Dairy Farm-7478 N. County Line Rd., Breckenridge, MI 48615, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., free tickets will be available after July 15 at various locations

August 18, 2015 - What's New With Poo, Providence Agriculture, 9650 Roosevelt Road, Carson City, MI 48811, 8:15 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., MAEAP phase 1 education credit, cost of the tour is $25 per person or $40 per farm (includes transportation, lunch, and materials), registration required.

August 27, 2015 - Wing Acres Dairy Long Day Lighting System Tour, Wing Acres Dairy, 15335 Wing Rd, Bellevue, MI 49021, 8:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m., no registration fee, register here

September 3, 2015 - Biomass Heating and Milk Parlor Energy Efficiencies Field Day, Weiss Centennial Farm, 5450 Weiss Road, Frankenmuth, MI 48734, 9:30 check-in, no registration fee, lunch provided, registration required by September 3

September 9, 2015 - Nutrient Management Update and Plot Tour 2015, MSU Plant Pathology Field Lab, 3735 North College Road, Lansing, MI 48910, 5.5 CCA credits and 3.0 MDARD credits available, $45, register here
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