FCS - Midwest Office

Michigan - Illinois

FCS began working with growers in Michigan almost six years ago. We have completed CAFO NPDES Permits, NRCS CAP-CNMPs, and CAP-NMPs that meet all MI-GAAMP & MAEAP requirements for customers throughout the state.

We are one of the few firms in Michigan with Technical Service Providers that are approved CAP-CNMP developers.

Please do not hesitate to call FCS discuss the CNMP development process. We are happy to come out to the farm for a preliminary CNMP development meeting and cost estimate. During the initial visit, FCS will walk the production area, gather a few key pieces of data and work to understand what the farms long-term goals are. After this initial visit FCS can provide the farm a cost estimate and time-line for CNMP development.

We NEVER charge for our initial visit and are always happy to provide some advice whether you choose to work with FCS in the long run.

We believe CNMPs and long-term farm planning are essential for any farms economic success. With the rising cost of farm inputs, fuel, and seeds, there is no place for inefficiency on the farm. A CNMP is the perfect tool to take a in-depth look at every aspect of your farms operation to see where efficiencies can be achieved. Improvements may come from improving water quality in around the farm, providing farm field specific crop recommendations, or designing strategic waste management systems that help the farm maximize nutrients generated annually.

Working with FCS on your annual NMPs is the best way to analyze manure use, manure management costs, and to determine the best ways to utilize manure nutrients going forward. At FCS we believe farms must begin to close input loop holes, lower input costs, and achieve greater production with improved management. Adding fertilizer, spending more on triple stack seed traits, these are not always the answers to improved yield production. May times it is field attributes, improved tillage practices, manure application timing and a focus on what the farm can control that will raise yield and improve the farms bottom line. 

Below we have provided several links and documents detailing the specific programs we work with in the state of Michigan.

Please do not hesitate to give me a call:

David Weber, TSP, Msc
P.O. Box 676
Owosso, MI 48867
Office - 802-318-1413/517-490-3427
Email - david.weber@farmcomplianceservices.com

I have been working in Michigan for the last six years and grew up in the Midwest. I am a certified USDA-NRCS Technical Service Provider and have been certified to do NRCS CAP-CNMPs & NMPs.  I have dedicated much of my professional career to understanding farm nutrient management, water and soil chemistry, and farm best management practices.

Before opening up FCS's midwest business, I worked for the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets. While working for the Department of Agriculture in Vermont I was tasked with creating the states CNMP rules for the Vermont Medium CAFO Permit and managed a large portion of the states farm General CAFO permitting program for medium size feeding operations.

I have inspected CAFO's as a state regulator, been part of EPA federal farm inspections in several states, reviewed & approved CNMPs and worked with USDA-NRCS on CNMPs in Vermont, New York, and Michigan. I have a Master of Science in Soil & Water Chemistry, from the University of Vermont, and have specialized in Phosphorus remediation on farm production areas for many years.

I have walked over 300 farms and have seen many of today's latest Alternative Waste Management Practices.

It is always a pleasure to meet farmers, walk the facilities and discuss long-term sustainable goals that ensure the farms economic vitality while improving the farms environmental stewardship.

Below I have provided several links and documents detailing the specific programs we work with in the state of Michigan.

 

CONTACT for Joshua Ketchum: Cell - 517-490-3427


Permit Documents & Links

Michigan - DEQ - CAFO NPDES General Permit 2010
Download a PDF of this document.

MI-CAFO NPDES General Permit 2010
Download a PDF of this document.

Michigan Dept. of Agriculture - GAAMPs
A link to the MDA GAAMP description

Michigan Dept. of Agriculture - Pollution Prevention
A link to MDA pollution prevention program summary and status.

Michigan Agriculture & Environmental Insurance Program (MAEAP)
A voluntary program dedicated to improving farmstead, crop, and livestock environmental sustainability.

MI-CAFO permit requirements
A link to the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality CAFO NPDES permit website.