The Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program (MAEAP) has five verifiers located across the state. Verifiers visit and review farms to make sure they are in compliance with MAEAP guidelines.  They also work closely with farmers to ensure their farm is environmentally sound by finding economical and practical solutions for the farmer’s operation.

Tom Young

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Josh Appleby

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Dan Busby

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Erin Satchell

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Shelby Burlew

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Tom Young

Tom Young is a MAEAP Verifier. He currently verifies the following counties: Arenac, Bay, Clare, Gladwin, Gratiot, Huron, Isabella, Lake, Mecosta, Midland, Montcalm, Osceola, Saginaw, Sanilac, St. Clair, and Tuscola.

What do you do as a verifier?

“I work with technicians to make sure farmers are ready for verification. If farmers need additional work to become verified, I give them suggestions on how to improve their processes.”

How do you help farmers?

“I go into every verification with a positive attitude. I make sure farmers know that they are doing a great job and reassure them that they are taking care of the environment. If they need to make changes to improve their operation, I give them suggestions and help them find resources, if necessary, to become verified.”

Why do you enjoy your job?

“I love working with farmers, meeting new people, and protecting the environment. I enjoy giving farmers practical solutions to help the environment.”

Biography:

Tom grew up on a farm in Saginaw County, Michigan. He received his bachelor’s in resource development from Michigan State University.

Fun Fact:

Tom loves to garden and is known for his pumpkins and squash.


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Josh Appleby

Josh Appleby is a MAEAP Verifier. He currently verifies the following counties: Allegan, Ionia, Barry, Van Buren, Kalamazoo, Calhoun, Berrien, Cass, St. Joseph, and Branch.

What do you do as a verifier?

“I get to recognize some of the best producers in the world for their environmental excellence. When I can’t do that, I get to work with them to reach their goals.”

How do you help farmers?

“I help farmers by providing a fresh, objective view to help reduce environmental issues. I love helping to solve problems for farmers and businesses while protecting the environment.”

Why do you enjoy your job?

“We have a great partnership with many talented people and organizations. We get to work with the best farms with a common goal in mind. Every day I get to learn something new and share that information with others.”

Biography:

Josh is a graduate of Western Michigan University where he studied Hydrogeology and Environmental Resource Management.  In 1998 he started work with the Michigan Groundwater Stewardship Program and later the Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program (MAEAP).

Fun Fact:

Josh is a member of his local Fire Department and Village’s council.


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Dan Busby

Dan Busby is a MAEAP verifier. He currently verifies the following counties:  Antrim, Leelanau, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Crawford, Manistee, Wexford, Missaukee, Mason, Lake, Oceana, Newaygo, Muskegon, Ottawa, and Kent.

What do you do as a verifier?

“I work with many technicians and partners to assist the local farm community to implement MAEAP on their farm. I feel my job as a verifier is to be that third set of eyes reviewing everything on the farm and in the field that is pertinent to potential environmental risks.”

How do you help farmers?

“I assist growers to identify and reduce environmental risks on the farm and in the field.”

 Why do you enjoy your job?

“I meet with the best of the best every day. We are all trying to do the same thing, make Michigan agriculture as productive and sustainable as possible without compromising our environmental quality.”

 Biography:

Dan attended Northern Michigan University and received a degree in Conservation and Land Use Planning. He has been a MAEAP Verifier since October 1, 2012.

Fun Fact:

Dan is a self-proclaimed fishing guru.


Erin Satchell

Erin Satchell

Erin Satchell is a MAEAP verifier. He currently verifies the following counties: Keweenaw, Houghton, Ontonagon, Gogebic, Baraga, Iron, Marquette, Dickinson, Alger, Delta, Menominee, Schoolcraft, Luce, Mackinac, Chippewa, Emmet, Charlevoix, Cheboygan, Presque Isle, Otsego, Montmorency, Alpena, Oscoda, Alcona, Roscommon, Ogemaw, and Iosco.

What do you do as a verifier?

“There are a lot of different facets of my job.  I make the final site visits for those seeking MAEAP verification.  I help with training new technicians.  I am a resource for the technicians in my area when they have a question or encounter something new.  I help at events; sometimes giving a presentation or staffing a booth.”

How do you help farmers?

“I am part of a team that brings practical and valuable information to farmers.  Our customers want to farm in ways that will be productive and sustainable and we assist them in achieving that goal.”

Why do you enjoy your job?

“My co-workers are wonderful, my work is meaningful, and I cover Northern Michigan!”

Biography:

Erin grew up in Tuscola County, where he farmed into his 30’s.  He attended Michigan Technological University receiving his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and his Master of Science in Environmental Engineering. Erin loves to travel, especially if it’s an adventure.  His three sons are the best – look out, world!

Fun Fact:

Erin is building a wooden sailboat.  He is now taking reservations for the maiden voyage; estimated launch window is spring of 2018-2028.


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Shelby Burlew

Shelby Burlew is a MAEAP Verifier. She currently verifies the following counties: Clinton, Eaton, Ingham, Genesee, Oakland, Hillsdale, Jackson, Lapeer, Macomb, Lenawee, Livingston, Shiawassee, Monroe, Wayne, and Washtenaw.

What do you do as a MAEAP verifier?

“I listen to farmers and answer any questions they might have about their farm. They put a lot of time and effort into pursuing verifications. I am excited to be out on their farms and learn about their successes and challenges.”

How do you help farmers?

“I want producers to know they are doing an excellent job in taking care of the land. If they need help in making improvements in their operation, they have an excellent resource with their MAEAP technician and me.”

Why do you enjoy your job?

“I get to recognize farms that are protecting their land resources and the environment.”

Biography:

Shelby grew up in Branch County where she was very active in 4-H and the National FFA organization. She received her Bachelor of Science in Animal Science from Michigan State University (MSU) and her Master of Science in Agricultural Sciences, with a specialization in Integrated Resource Management, from Colorado State University.

Fun Fact:

Shelby spent a summer during her time at MSU interning at the Lazy E Ranch in Guthrie, which is one of the top racing Quarter Horse breeding operations in the U.S.