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.”
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.
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.