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.”
Tom grew up on a farm in Saginaw County, Michigan. He received his bachelor’s in resource development from Michigan State University.
Tom loves to garden and is known for his pumpkins and squash.