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The Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program (MAEAP) is an innovative, proactive, and voluntary program that helps farms of all sizes and all commodities voluntarily prevent or minimize agricultural pollution risks. 

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How to Get Started with MAEAP

This comprehensive, voluntary, proactive program is designed to reduce farmers’ legal and environmental risks through a three-phase process: 1) education; 2) farm-specific risk assessment and practice implementation; and 3) on-farm verification that ensures the farmer has implemented environmentally sound practices. The program’s four systems — Farmstead, CroppingLivestock and the newly developed Forest, Wetlands and Habitats System  — each examine different aspects of the farm. After becoming MAEAP verified, a farm can display a MAEAP sign signifying that MAEAP partners recognize the farm is environmentally assured.

To get started:

  • Attend an educational meeting. See the upcoming events to locate a MAEAP resource person/booth, or to find a nearby location that has “Phase 1 Educational Session” notated in the description.  





Farmstead System

Farmstead System

The Farmstead System reviews potential risks at the farm site. This includes a review of chemical, fuel and pesticide storage, and wells. It may also include manure storage on livestock farms. This system is applicable to all farms.

Cropping System

Cropping System

The Cropping System reviews production practices that occur wherever crops are grown on the farm. It reviews risks associated with pesticide and nutrient application, erosion control, and record keeping.

Livestock System

Livestock System

The Livestock System reviews practices related to livestock production. This includes manure storage, transfer and land application, record keeping, feed storage, and lot management. It relates to all types of livestock produced on the farm.

Forest, Wetlands & Habitat System

Forest, Wetlands & Habitat System

The FWH System reviews management practices relating to areas on the farm with woodlands, wetlands, and other types of managed habitats. This review looks at the management plans created for all of these land uses to promote and ensure sustainable practices are being implemented.


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  • MAEAP Verfies 76 Farms in August

    Posted on September 28, 2017 8:58am

    MAEAP is recognizing 76 farms in the month of August 2017. 

  • MAEAP Newsletter: October 2017

    Posted on September 22, 2017 8:48am

    Dear Readers,

    We are delighted to introduce the new quarterly Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program (MAEAP) newsletter.  This is an opportunity for the MAEAP program to keep in touch with you and to share with you program updates, partner activities, verification stories, and more. We thank you ahead of time for reading. Please feel free to share any story ideas with us by emailing, Meredith Smith at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

  • MAEAP Verifies 62 Farms in July

    Posted on September 15, 2017 12:02pm

    MAEAP is recognizing 62 farms in the month of July 2017. 

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