Pesticides and Crop Protection Materials
Women-In-Ag Farm Development Center is an incubator farm located on the campus of Ascension Genesys Hospital in Grand Blanc, MI. It is a two acre farm that follows Organic practices and participates in MAEAP and USDA Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) through the Natural Resources Conservation Services (NRCS).
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Overlapping NIRCS EQIP
Nutrient Management Conservation Practice Standard (590) Integrated Pest Management Conservation Practice Standard (595)
Free! We actually earned money through USDA EQIP historically underserved costshare incentive that provided funding to complete soil and compost nutrient analysis, water testing, wildlife exclusion and control, improved storage and spill prevention of organic pesticides through secondary containment! IPM & Nutrient Management Cost Share Funds (on 0.2 acres) = $3,315 over two years Soil and Compost Nutrient Sampling = $ 84 per year for 2 soil tests and one compost test Lockable Rubbermaid storage tots and a padlock to store pesticides in secondary containment to minimize risks from leaky containers or accidental spills. = $25 Storage shed = $900 Heavy duty Tarps to cover compost areas to prevent nutrient leaching and runoff = $200 Industrial scale was purchased to weigh raw materials (plant and kitchen scraps) going into compost, finished compost produced and the weight of amounts of compost that we applied to improve record keeping and nutrient stewardship. = $100 Remaining costshare Balance of $1956 was used for additional improvements in farm infrastructure to support food safety risks related to stewardship of water and soil resources to prevent pollution and movement of contaminates that can pose a risk to food safety on the farm. These practices included: .02 acres of fencing for wildlife exclusion, traps for rodent and mammal control in the High Tunnel, irrigation equipment and water testing, backflow prevention devices on irrigation lines, pesticide spill kit materials, personal protective equipment for pesticide applicators, and a frost-free irrigation hydrant.
Instructions for Replication
1. Work with the Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program (MAEAP) Technician at the local conservation district to complete a free and confidential on farm environmental risk assessment. With the MAEAP technician we learned to identify risks and find ways to minimize them to come into compliance with best management practices for voluntary stewardship of natural resources and pollution prevention on the farm. MAEAP focuses a lot on pesticide use, storage, application, spill prevention, emergency planning, drift management, protection of natural resources and regulatory compliance. MAEAP also helped asses integrity of water sources, irrigation issues that can create risks to contamination through irrigation water, nutrient application and record keeping. 2. We took the action list created through working with our MAEAP technician, which identified our environmental risks on the farm to apply for cost share through the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service Environmental Quality Incentives Program at our local USDA Service Center. We applied for costshare to reduce risks to soil, water quality (which impact public health and food safety) by implementing improved Nutrient and Integrated Pest Management (IPM) management on the farm. NRCS staff worked with us to utilize nutrient analysis from soil and compost to create nutrient management recommendations that prevent overapplication of nutrients/potential pollutants/contaminates. They also worked with us to inventory and assess our use of organic pesticides and ensure we were using them properly for the intended crops, environment and pest, keeping required records, minimizing offsite drift or movement, complying with labeled directions for human safety and protection of natural resources, proactive spill prevention and emergency response planning.
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