The Ridge Economic Agricultural Partners (REAP) held their annual meeting Tuesday evening at the Alpine Township Hall. REAP is a 501 C3 organization and as part of its charter they provide training and awareness for their members as well as the broader community. This included a presentation on the Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program (MAEAP). There were also presentations on obtaining funding for installing Seasonal High Tunnels, and the just announced USDA simplified Microloan Program. Also giving a presentation was local grower and MSU Extension District Horticultural Agent Phil Schwallier who presented optimistic predictions on this year's crop expectations.
Earl Krom (left) Kent Conservation District and Matthew Soehnel, District Conservationist with United States Department of Agriculture were two of the featured speakers
|Phil Schwallier (left) and Joe Klein|
|Sarah Possehn, Farm Loan Officer for the United States Department of Agriculture Farm Services Agency|