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Farmstead System

The Farmstead System targets all Michigan farms, regardless of size or commodity. It is the one MAEAP system which is applicable to livestock and all the diverse cropping operations in Michigan, including traditional field crops, orchards, vegetable operations, greenhouses and nurseries. The Farmstead System addresses environmental risks of the entire farmstead, from safe handling of fuels to the proper storage of pesticides. It focuses primarily on protecting surface and ground water.

Farm*A*Syst (F*A*S) is coordinated with resources provided by the Michigan Water Stewardship Program (MWSP). Your local Conservation District can help you complete the risk assessment and provide information about other educational, technical and financial assistance.


Once a plan to address the risks identified in the Farm*A*Syst  assessment has been developed, and immediate risks of groundwater and surface water contamination have been implemented, farmers can contact the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) to request Farmstead System verification (517-284-5609 or An MDARD MAEAP verifier will visit the farm to verify that the Farm*A*Syst plan has been implemented and to ensure that the farmer is addressing all applicable environmental risks.

Once a farm is "verified," a farmer will be offered a MAEAP sign for display. If needed, an additional sign may be purchased. The producer is also eligible for rebates, cost-share incentives, low-cost lending and reduced liability insurance premiums from participating companies, organizations, or associations.

MAEAP verification is valid for five years. In order to maintain MAEAP verification, a farmer must review the appropriate risk assessment (A*Syst) with their local conservation district technician and request a site visit from MDARD by calling (517) 284-5609.  

To get started, attend a MAEAP educational session.

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