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