History of MAEAP
MAEAP was developed by a coalition of farmers, commodity groups, state and federal agencies, and conservation and environmental groups to provide a venue for farmers to become better educated about management options in order to help protect and enhance the quality of natural resources. It is not a government or regulatory program, but rather a partnership effort unified for the protection of natural resources and advancement of positive community and neighbor relations.
- To develop and implement a proactive environmental assurance program ensuring that Michigan farmers are engaging in cost-effective pollution prevention practices and working to comply with state and federal environmental regulations. It is an innovative, proactive program that helps farms of all sizes and all commodities voluntarily prevent or minimize agricultural pollution risks.
- With confidentiality guaranteed by law, MAEAP provides a structure under which Michigan farmers can be assured they are effectively following all current Right to Farm Generally Accepted Agricultural Management Practices (GAAMPs) and are working to comply with state and federal environmental laws specific to each system of the program.
- Oct. 1997 - Michigan Agricultural Pollution Prevention (AgP2) Strategy.
- 1998 - MAEAP conceptualization.
- Dec. 1999 - MAEAP by-laws adopted.
- 2000 - First MAEAP co-chairs: Scott Piggott (MFB) & Bob von Bernuth (MSU).
- June 2000 - CNMP outline developed.
- Dec. 2000 - Partnership agreement signed.
- Spring 2001 - Livestock System PILOT.
- 2001 - First round of Phase 1 meetings.
- March 2002 - First Livestock System verification: Pfander Farm, Calhoun County.
- Oct. 2002 - CAFO Alternative Permitting Approach (ECOS Agreement) signed.
- March 2003 - First Agriculture’s Conference on the Environment.
- Sept. 2003 - First Farmstead System verification: Holcomb Creek Dairy, Alpena County.
- Fall 2004 - Progressive planning for small & medium livestock farms begins.
- March 2005 - Agriculture’s Conference on the Environment.
- April 2005 - First Cropping System verification: Holcomb Creek Dairy, Alpena County.
- March 2006 - First Orchard/Small Fruit verification: Coulter Farms, Oceana County.
- Oct. 2006 - First Nursery/Christmas Tree verification: Trim Pines Farm, Inc., Genesee County.
- Jan. 2007 - Agriculture’s Conference on the Environment.
- May 2008 - First Greenhouse verification: Elzinga & Hoeksema Greenhouse, Kalamazoo County.
- Jan. 2009 - Agriculture’s Conference on the Environment.
- June 2009 - Grape-A-Syst.
- March 2010 - Livestock-A-Syst.
- March 8, 2011 - Public Acts 1 and 2 passed by Governor Rick Snyder, establishing MAEAP in law.
- March 31, 2011 - Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) Director, Keith Creagh, establishes the MAEAP Advisory Council (AC).
- October 17, 2011 - MAEAP‘s 1,000th Verification Celebration at Lee Centennial Farm in Shiawassee County.
- September 2011 - Michigan Commission of Agriculture & Rural Development recommends MAEAP standards to MDARD Director.
- November 1, 2011 - MDARD Director convened the first MAEAP partnership meeting, following the March 2011 legislation.
- September 2012 - Michigan Commission of Agriculture & Rural Development recommends MAEAP revised standards to MDARD Director.
- June 2013 - Forestry is added as new MAEAP System.
- September 2013 - Michigan Commission of Agriculture & Rural Development recommends MAEAP revised standards to MDARD Director.
- September 30, 2013 - MAEAP sets record for annual new verifications with 528 (total new 1,888).
- January 2014 - Forestry representatives added to MAEAP Advisory Council.
- January 30, 2014 - Third annual MAEAP Partnership meeting convened.
- March 2014 - MAEAP marks 2,000th verification.
- May 2014 - MAEAP used as model for national template for Ag certainty programs (National Association of State Conservation Agencies).
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