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MAEAP PSA

September 2014 MAEAP PSA - What are farmers in the Western Lake Erie Basin doing to protect water quality? While Michigan crop land is 15% of the farmland in the basin, Michigan farmers have been putting in thousands of acres of water quality protecting conservation practices.

August 2014 MAEAP PSA - Is the expense of installing a new fueling facility or chemical containment facility keeping you from becoming MAEAP verified? If so, you may be eligible to receive financial assistance.

July 2014 MAEAP PSA - While visiting the local farmers markets, Jen Silveri, conservation district technician for Eaton County says the MAEAP program is becoming a talking point for farmers to engage consumers on their environmental practices.

June 2014 MAEAP PSA - Michigan fruit and vegetable industry is worth more than $800 million each year and most of those crops rely on pollinators for production. Land owners working towards MAEAP verification may choose to use vegetative buffers, that Steve Shine of MDARD says can improve native pollinator habitat.

May 2014 MAEAP PSA - As the nation’s second largest producer of asparagus, John Baker with the Michigan Asparagus Advisory Board says growers are leading the industry as environmental stewards.

April 2014 MAEAP PSA - The Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program is a great way for farmers to learn about protecting the environment. Kyle Mead, a local firefighter and Conservation district Technician for Van Buren County joins us to discuss what farmers must do for MAEAP verification.

March 2014 MAEAP PSA - March celebrates Michigan Maple Syrup Month as winter begins to thaw. Larry Haigh with the Michigan Maple Syrup Association says programs like MAEAP help farmers insure their livelihood.

February 2014 MAEAP PSA - Preparing fields for 2014? According to MAEAP Technician with St. Clair and Sanilac counties, Kyle McCarty, now is the time to meet with your MAEAP Technician.

January 2014 MAEAP PSA - In 2014, MDARD Director Jamie Clover Adams says MAEAP hopes to reach larger goals than ever before.

December 2013 MAEAP PSA - The Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program continues to set a record pace of verifications. In fiscal year 2013, MAEAP reported 528 new verifications and 1,888 total verifications completed. MAEAP is ready for another record setting year in 2014. 

November 2013 MAEAP PSA -  Gary Lee, NRCS State Conservationist, encourages farmers to beat the crowd and sign up for conservational programs after harvest.

October 2013 MAEAP PSA - Want to find local MAEAP verified farms? Tom Kalchik with the MSU Product Center says to check out the Michigan Market Maker.

August 2013 MAEAP PSA - As we hit peak season in Michigan, farm stands and farmer’s market tables are overflowing with fresh fruit, vegetables, and more. Nestled in among the tomatoes, lettuce, and melons, shoppers are seeing more signs that claim farms are environmentally verified.

July 2013 MAEAP PSA - Ag Expo will take place July 16th-18th on the campus of Michigan State University. MAEAP is sure to be in attendance this year, and will have technicians and verifiers from across the state available to answer any questions you may have about the program.

June 2013 MAEAP PSA - Dean Letter with the Michigan Milk Producers Association tells us how Michigan dairy farms are inovators in the industry. Adopting new management practices that not only increase productivity and efficiency but enable today’s farms to protect Michgan’s vast natural resources.

May 2013 MAEAP PSA - MAEAP isn’t just about recognizing leaders in the ag community, but is also about helping prepare for emergencies on the farm. Kyle Mead, a Van Buren Conservation District technician, lets us know about farm emergency planning.

April 2013 MAEAP PSA - Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) plans due by May 10, 2013. Laura Doud, MAEAP Engineer for the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, discusses the requirements for a SPCC plan.

March 2013 MAEAP PSA - Agriculture water use withdrawals in Michigan having the capacity of 100,000 gallons per day need to be reported to the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) by April 1st. Abby Eaton from MDARD joins us to further explain.

February 2013 MAEAP PSA - Jim Johnson of the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development says to start with your local Conservation District office to get MAEAP verified. The basic elements of becoming MAEAP verified are covered.

Archives of MAEAP Minutes audio from November 1, 2012 to September 25, 2014

December 2014

December 24, 2014 - Joining us for this week’s program is the program co-chair with MAEAPMSU Extesion Associate Interim Director Ray Hammerschmidt.

December 18, 2014 - After nearly 14 years as the MAEAP Manager, Jan Wilford will be stepping down and taking over the ranks is Joe Kelpinski, a past MAEAP verifier. Joe is joining us to tell how he will be stepping into his new role.

December 11, 2014 - Hortech Inc. in Nunica. MI was first MAEAP verified in 2009. Joining us is Chris Howe, Assistant General Manager with nurseries.

December 9, 2014 - Getting ready for the holidays, many Christmas tree farmers are starting to become MAEAP verified. Joining us is Eric Johnson with the Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development. 

November 2014

November 26, 2014 - Farm Bureau members can learn more about MAEAP during this year’s annual meeting. Emily Reinart joins us this week.

November 20, 2014 - A long time supporter of MAEAP is Sietsema Farms in Allendale, MI. Verified in 3 systems; Livestock, Cropping and Farmstead. One of the farm owners, Rick Sietsema, joins us.

November 13, 2014 - The cold weather is moving into Michigan but to help extend the growing season many farmers are utilizing hoop houses. Sharon Williams, Conservation District Technician for Calhoun and Jackson counties is our guest this week.

November 6, 2014 - From the recent Michigan Association of Conservation District’s annual convention, two districts were recognized as MAEAP grant host of the year. This award is given to an outstanding conservation district for its exceptional performance while hosting the MAEAP Technical Assistance Grant in 2014. Lenawee and Oceana counties were both selected for the award after a nomination process. Lynda Herremans, Conservation District Technician of Oceana County says every year the number of verifications is growing.

October 2014

October 23, 2014 - Farmers and landowners can now verify environmental practices with the new Forestry, Wetland and Habitat System. Rick Lucas, Conservation District Forester from Mecosta , Lake and Osceola counties is on the line.

October 16, 2014 - Emergency planning is improving with the MAEAP program. MDARD MAEAP verifier Josh Appleby joins us with more.

October 9, 2014 - The first educational farm, West Michigan Agriculture Education Center located in Ottawa County was MAEAP verified in September in the Cropping System. Adam Kantrovich with the farm and MSU Extension Specialist is on the line.

September 2014

September 25, 2014 - For small farms going through the Livestock verification process, there are some new changes that will help protect a farm in nuisance. On the line is MDARD’s Michelle Crook.

September 24, 2014 - A hot topic item for the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) has been new Livestock GAAMPS or Generally Accepted Agricultural Management Practices and this also means updates for farms going through the livestock verification process in MAEAP. Michelle Crook, engineer specialist at MDARD, joins us.

September 18, 2014 - Michigan’s first brewery was MAEAP verified this summer in both the Farmstead and Cropping Systems. Charlie Kinzel, Vice President at Brewery Terra Firma in Traverse City is on the line.

September 11, 2014 - There have been some changes with conservation District technicians in the last year for MAEAP and joining us is Lindsay Martin of the Clinton and Gratiot County Conservation Districts.

September 4, 2014 - Farmers are working to be a part of the solution to the issues in the Western Lake Erie Basin. Amy Gilhouse, Conservation District MAEAP Technician for the River Raisin Watershed in Southeast Michigan is on the line.

August 2014

August 28, 2014 - A fairly new partner to the MAEAP program is the MSU Center for Regional Food Systems. Senior Associate Director Richard Pirog joins us this week.

August 21, 2014 - Michigan State University Farms this summer reached MAEAP verification. Joining us to share more is Ben Darling, the Director of Land Management with MSU.

August 14, 2014 - The Center for Excellence is coming up this August and to talk more about the event and how MAEAP will be involved, we’re joined with Conservation District Technician Lindsay Garrison of Lenawee Conservation District.

August 7, 2014 - This week is National Farmers Market Week and we’re highlighting our MAEAP partner The Michigan Farmers Market Association. Director Dru Montri joins us.

July 2014

July 31, 2014 - Within the MAEAP Program, sensitive area maps are required for Cropping and Livestock verifications. MSU Extension Educator Shelby Bollwahn joins us from Hillsdale to share more on how farmers can keep track.

July 17, 2014 - For farmers coming out to Ag Expo this year, July 22nd-24th, there will be MAEAP Phase 1 credits available by attending a few of the sessions and demonstrations. Joining us to talk more about this is Elaine Brown with the Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development.

July 15, 2014 - Farmers are reducing nutrient loss with drainage water management systems. Tom VanWagner, consultant with the Lenawee Conservation District, is on the line to share more on how these systems work.

July 10, 2014 - Having been verified in the Farmstead System since 2003, Metzgar and Amos Farm, LLC. was the 20th MAEAP verification. Located in Calhoun County, and more than 2,000 verifications later, Larry Metzgar, farm owner, is on the line today.

July 3, 2014 - MBG Marketing The Blueberry People have been a long time partner with the MAEAP program, helping blueberry growers across the state implement environmentally sound practice. Lorrie Merker with the Blueberry People is on the line.

June 2014

June 26, 2014 - Several MAEAP verified farms will be highlighted for this year’s IPM Alliance Tour. To share more about the activities we’re joined with the coordinator, Mike Winkel, Executive Director of the Michigan Potato Industry Commission.

June 19, 2014 - Michigan Farm Bureau and the National Resources Conservation Service have once again offered educational grants to help educate farmers about the MAEAP program. In its fourth year, this year had a record number of applicants with almost 40 grants awarded to local county Farm Bureau’s. Bob Kernstock, Bay county Farm Bureau president and MAEAP verified cash crop farmer, joins us.

June 12, 2014 - Charlevoix County was the first conservation district in Michigan to become MAEAP verified with their American Beachgrass Nursery. Kelly Martin, District Coordinator is on the line.

June 5, 2014 - This spring the first aquaculture site, Grayling Fish Hatchery, was MAEAP verified in the Livestock and Farmstead Systems. Fish farmer Dan Volger is on the line.

May 2014

May 29, 2014 - Crosby Farms in Hart, MI was originally MAEAP verified in 2010 and reverified this past year in the Farmstead and Cropping Systems. Farm owner and Oceana County Conservation District Director Chris Crosby is on the line.

May 22, 2014 - Vegetable farmers have the ability to become environmentally verified through the MAEAP program. In the heart of asparagus country, Lynda Herremans, Conservation District Technician in Oceana County, works with many of these growers. She joins us today.

May 15, 2014 - The Michigan Asparagus Advisory Board is teaming up with MAEAP for the month of May. John Bakker, Executive Director of the board is on the line for this week.

May 8, 2014 - This week we are joined by MSU Extension vegetable educator Ben Werling to talk more about a few practices Asparagus and other vegetable growers are using and helping to protect the environment.

May 1, 2014 - Gary and Tim Tate of Tate Brothers Farm in Hart, MI recently received their Farmstead and Cropping System verifications in the summer of 2013. Gary joins us to share more on the background of the farm and what they had to do to become MAEAP verified.

April 2014

April 24, 2014 - With spring clean outs, farmers continue to take advantage of the Clean Sweep Program to safely dispose of pesticides. Abby Eaton with the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development is joining us today to talk more about the Clean Sweep Program.

April 17, 2014 - Highlighting partners from within the program are joined this week by the Director of Environmental Equality (DEQ), Dan Wyant, as he talks about the importance of MAEAP and the DEQ’s involvement with the program.

April 10, 2014 - Domaine Berrien Vineyards in Berrien Springs was one of the first vineyards in Michigan to become MAEAP verified in 2006 and was reverified in 2012 in the Cropping and Farmstead Systems. One of the owners and operators, Wally Mauer, is on the line to share more about their commitment to environmental stewardship.

April 3, 2014 - It’s been a long year for farmers and for many livestock producers. They’re running short on manure storage. Mike Ludlam, Conservation Technician for Allegan County joins us.

March 2014

March 27, 2014 - Woods Farm in Rapid City was originally verified last year in the Farmstead System. Farm owner Joe Woods joins us.

March 19, 2014 - Kistlercrest Farms in Ludington was MAEAP verified in 2009 in the Cropping and Farmstead Systems and reverified just this past year. Farmer Ron Kistler is on the line to talk more about that verification process.

March 13, 2014 - For Michigan Maple Syrup producers and other specialty crop farmers, the Farmstead verification can be the way to go to get your farm verified with MAEAP. Chris Anderson, Conservation District Technician of Charlevoix joins us.

March 6, 2014 - March is Michigan Maple Syrup Month and Art Currey, President of the Michigan Maple Syrup Association, is joining us to share more on the group.

February 2014

February 27, 2014 - Domagalski Farms of Columbus Township in St. Clair County was MAEAP verified in 2013 in the Cropping and Farmstead Systems. Farm owner Jim Domagalski joins us to talk more about the process.

February 18, 2014 - The Livestock Verification with the MAEAP program has expanded over the last 10 years and to share more about that is MSU Extension Educator Jerry May.

February 13, 2014 - The National Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) is helping farmers to become MAEAP verified. Gary Lee, state Conservationist with the NRCS joins us. 

February 4, 2014 - The MAEAP program continues to protect our water and joining us this week is Bob Pigg with MAEAP and MDARD. Learn how MAEAP is keeping our drinking water safe.

January 2014

January 30, 2014 - The new Forestry MAEAP verification will give farmers a choice to expand their coverage with the MAEAP Program and President of the Association of Conservation Districts and crop farm owner in Ionia County, Art Pelon, is joining us.

January 23, 2014 - Dedicating their farms to environmental stewardship, Pfander Farms in Homer was one of the first farms in Michigan to be MAEAP verified in the Livestock System in 2002. Farm owner Bruce Barton is joining us to share more about how they’ve continued to support the MAEAP program through the last 12 years

January 16, 2014 - MAEAP Phase 1 events are popping up all across the state this winter and Jen Silveri, Conservation District Technician from Eaton County is joining us.

January 9, 2014 - The MAEAP program is expanding to include a new verification, forestry, and Steve Shine, manager of the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development Conservation Program is on the line.

January 2, 2014 - This winter is a great time for those final steps towards verification and Earl Krom, Conservation District Technician for Clinton and Gratiot Counties is joining us for more.

December 2013

December 26, 2013 - How is MAEAP doing in terms of meeting their goal of 5,000 verifications by 2015? Jan Wilford with the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development joins us with an update.

December 19, 2013 - This year Kyle McCarty, Conservation District Technicians with the Sanilac and St. Clair County Conservation Districts, was recognized with the MAEAP Conservation District Technician Verification Award from the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development. He performed the most verifications in the state in 2013 and he’s on the line.

December 12, 2013 - Vanagtmael & Sons Inc. in Hart, MI was MAEAP verified in 2006 and reverified this year in the Farmstead and Cropping Systems. Farm co-owner, Mike Vanagtmael is on the line to share more about their verification process.

December 10, 2013 - The Great Lakes Expo is inviting Michigan specialty crop industries to Grand Rapids December 10th through the 12th. The MAEAP program will be highlighted throughout the week. Lynda Herremans, MAEAP Technician in Oceana County is on the line to share more abut those activities. 

November 2013

November 26, 2013 - The Michigan Farm Bureau Annual Meeting is coming up the first week of December and Emily Reinart is joining us with more details on this year’s event and how MAEAP is getting involved.

November 21, 2013 - Jodi Venema, Conservation District Technician from Missaukee County was recognized this fall as the MAEAP Conservation District Technician Technical Assistance Award winner. Jodi is on the line with us this week.

November 14, 2013 - Welden Farms in Hillsdale County was MAEAP verified in 2012 in the Cropping System. Farm owner Andy Welden is on the line joining us this week.

November 7, 2013 - The Michigan United Conservation Club has been a long time partner with MAEAP and Paul Zugger is on the line to join us this week and shares how they became involved with the program.

October 2013

October 31, 2013 - Apple growers are busy this October with harvest and just in time for Pure Michigan apple month. Apple grower Damon Glei from Glei’s Orchards and Greenhouses located in Hillsdale is on the line.

October 24, 2013 - The Michigan Environmental Council has been a long time supporter of the MAEAP program and James Clift with the council is joining us for more.

October 17, 2013 - Getting out to the field this Fall, Phil Kaatz MSU Extension Educator, joins us with more on soil sampling.

October 10, 2013 - Mortality Management on the farm is a focus for MSU Extension Specialist Dale Rozeboom and he’s on the line to share more about how that fits in with MAEAP.

September 2013

September 26, 2013 - MAEAP verified farms can be most any size and grow most any crop. The Northern Michigan Christian School in McBain was one of the first to achieve verification for their school greenhouse. Dirk Walhout, an administrator and ag teacher with the school, joins us to share more about that process.

September 24, 2013 - Preparing manure storage for this fall Joe Kelpinski, MAEAP Verifier, joins us with more. Find out what you can do now to help prepare yourself for the spring.

September 19, 2013 - Continuing to be recognized on a national level, this week we’re joined by Laura Wood Peterson, Director of Governmental Affairs with the National Association of Conservation Districts. Learn why MAEAP is important to Conservation Districts across the country.

September 12, 2013 - Hanson Seed Farm LLC. in Cornell, MI up in the U.P. was originally verified this August in the Farmstead and Cropping Systems. Ted Hanson joins us. He’s also on the Michigan Potato Industry Commission Board.

September 5, 2013 - Over 24 farm families have hosted breakfast for visitors in the last 5 years for Breakfast on the Farm. Michigan State Extension Ag Literacy Educator Nancy Thelen is here to share how MAEAP is getting more involved with breakfast.

August 2013

August 29, 2013 - W.A. Herford and Sons in Elkton was originally verified in the Livestock system in 2006. This year they became reverfied and added both the Cropping and Farmstead Systems, making them Huron County’s 100th MAEAP verification. No other county has reached that achievement. Adam Herford joins us.

August 22, 2013 - Border View Farms in Hillsdale County is hosting the NRCS and MAEAP Fall Field Days September 4th in Waldron. Host farmer Mark Baker joins us with more.

August 15, 2013 - The MAEAP program has received $2.2 million in support from the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) since 2010. Elaine Brown with Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) joins us with an update.

August 8, 2013 - Farmers can get a first hand look at conservation practices in the field during this year’s Center for Excellence Field Day. Tom VanWagner with the Lenawee Conservation District joins us to discuss the event.

August 1, 2013 - There is a new addition to MAEAP signs across the state on verified farms. By the end of the year a new Pure Michigan Agriculture logo will be added to every sign. Becky Cunningham with the Michigan Ag Council joins us to talk more about the new signs.

July 2013

July 25, 2013 - With a long history in protecting our natural resources, the Ottawa Conservation District is celebrating 75 years this year. Becky Huttenga, Executive Director, is here to share more about that history.

July 11, 2013 - Are you interested in learning more about the MAEAP program? Next week, several technicians and experts from the field will be on hand during the Michigan Ag Expo. Joining us is Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development’s Jack Knorek.

July 9, 2013 - Corn Growers becoming MAEAP verified will see increased support from the Michigan Corn Growers Association if they’re members. Scott Lonier joins us with more details.

July 4, 2013 - Cherry Lane Farms of Suttons Bay was MAEAP verified originally in 2005 and just re-verified in 2012. Nita Send with the farm joins us to share more about their verification process.

June 2013

June 27, 2013 - If you use irrigation on the farm, Mike Censke with Branch and St. Joseph Conservation Districts says there are six steps to completing a cropping system verification as they look at water usage.

June 20, 2013 - How are MAEAP farmers staying compliant with pesticide use? Join MDARD pesticide inspector Eric McCumber for an inside look at how those in the Cropping System plan to use pesticides.

June 13, 2013 - The Michigan Wheat Program is helping to support MAEAP with a new incentive starting June 1st. Dan Kantola and Carl Sparks, both boardmembers of the Michigan Wheat Program, join us to discuss this new incentive.

June 6, 2013 - Tom Kalchik from the Michigan State University Product Center joins MAEAP Minutes to discuss their long standing relationship with MAEAP. The Product Center helps new or existing business expand and one way to do that is with MAEAP verification.

May 2013

May 30, 2013 - This spring, farmers are implementing environmental practices as part of pasture management. Heather Bartholomew, District Conservationist with the Ottawa County NRCS, gives us examples of grazing techniques included within MAEAP verification.

May 22, 2013 - Michigan nurseries statewide are hopping on board and becoming MAEAP verified. Amy Frankman with the Michigan Nursery & Landscape Association joins us to discuss how nurseries can start the process.

May 16, 2013 - With planting season picking up steam, Dale Allen, Coservation Chief with the Michigan Farm Service Agency, fills un in on why implementing coservation methods in the field may be something your interested in. 

May 9, 2013 - MAEAP verifier Josh Appleby explains how being MAEAP verified will help better prepare farmers for emergencies and how the process works. 

May 2, 2013 - Voogt Farms of Marne has been verfied in the Livestock System since 2002 and was reverified in 2012. Gary Voogt shares why he became involved with the program and how easy it can be to become verified. 

April 2013

April 25, 2013 - Celebrating Michigan Wine Month and the success of the MAEAP program, Linda Jones with the Michigan Grape and Wine Industry Council is here to share how the wine industry is spotlighting MAEAP.

April 18, 2013 - As Earth Day approaches next week, April 22nd, celebrate all the contributions that MAEAP verified farms have done to help protect Michigan’s natural resources. Join Tom Young, MDARD MAEAP Verifier, as he discusses MAEAP‘s impacts on the environment.

April 11, 2013 - Ben Tirrell of Tirrell Centennial Farm joins us to discuss his verification and why others may want to get verified as well. The farm was originally verified in 2008 and re-verified in 2011 in both the farmstead and livestock systems.  

April 4, 2013 - MAEAP‘s success is being recognized at a national level. Other states are implementing similar programs after seeing the achievements that MAEAP has accomplished. Erin Satchell, a MAEAP verifier, joins us to discuss how the program is inspiring those outside of Michigan.

March 2013

March 28, 2013 - March in Michigan is being celebrated as maple syrup month! We speak with Bob Battel of Battel’s Sugar Bush and Heritage Farm in Cass City to explain why it is the right thing to do to become MAEAP verified.

March 20, 2013 - It’s National Agriculture Week and Michigan is highlighting agriculture throughout the state. Shelby Bollwahn, Conservation Technician in Hillsdale County is working in her local area to highlight the MAEAP verified farms.

March 14, 2013 - Greenhouses in Michigan have their own unique challenges and MAEAP aims to address those by providing a greenhouse specific verification system. Tom Dudak, a Michigan State University Extension Educator, joins us to discuss all things greenhouse.

March 7, 2013 - Don’t get left out in the cold this winter, take this opportunity to get a head start! Jennifer Silveri joins us from the Eaton County Conservation District to discuss what farmers are doing during the winter months to get ready for spring.

February 2013

February 28, 2013 - Michigan Pork Producers Association (MMPA) board member Brian Pridgeon explains why MMPA chooses to be a MAEAP partner and why he chose MAEAP verification on his own farm.

February 20, 2013 - Annie Link joins us from Swisslane Dairy Farm in Alto, MI. She discusses how MAEAP verification was right for their farm while adding and protecting sustainability to their investments.

February 14, 2013 -  As farmers are working towards completing their Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure Plans, Laura Doud, an environmental engineer with the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, fills us in with a few details about the plan.

February 6, 2013 - The farm fueling station is the most common identified risk area on the farm. We join Allen Krizek of the Michigan  Department of Agriculture and Rural Development as he explains more about fuel storage and the MAEAP program.

January 2013

January 31, 2013 - Brigette Leach, a partner of Avalon Farms in Climax, joins us to discuss the process of becoming MAEAP verified in the Farmstead, Cropping, and Greenhouse systems.

January 24, 2013 - The Nothern Michigan Small Farms Conference is set for January 26, 2013. It will take place in Grayling and is a MAEAP phase 1 event. Grand Traverse Conservation Technician Garrett Coggan joins us with the details.

January 17, 2013 - Learn what Don Reicosky, Soil Scientist at the USDA Agriculture Research Service, has to say at this year’s Growing Michigan Agriculture Conference. This MAEAP Phase 1 event will take place January 24, 2013 at the Lansing Center. Don covers the importance of carbon management and conservation agriculture.

January 10, 2013 - Listen as MAEAP Verifier Dan Busby discusses how the addition of two new verifiers has helped the program and also the final steps in MAEAP verification.

January 3, 2013 - State Conservationist Garry Lee of NRCS explains the partnership they have with MAEAP and how they work together to help farms that are in the verification process.

December 2012

December 27, 2012 - Earl Krom of the Kent Conservation District joins us to discuss the addition of 12 new Conservation District technicians as MAEAP continues to expand and what you can do during the winter months to become a few steps closer to MAEAP verification.

December 20, 2012 - Looking to add a new livestock facility to your farm? MAEAP verified farms have a site selection GAAMP verification they must go through. Join Jerry May, MSU Extension Educator of Gratiot County, as he explains the process.

December 13, 2012 - Ed Carpenter, owner of Peacock Road Tree Farm in Laingsburg, talks about why it is important to him to become MAEAP verified and shares how being prepared for on farm emergencies may have even saved his sight.

December 6, 2012 - Learn how Christmas tree growers turned to the MAEAP program for an environment stewardship evaluation from Executive Director of the Michigan Christmas Tree Grower Association Marsha Gray and what MCTGA is offering for members getting verified.

December 4, 2012 - Get winter manure applications tips from MSU Extension Educator James DeDecker and find what MAEAP farms are doing to stay compliant with GAAMPS for these applications.

November 2012

November 21, 2012 - Steve Tennes, owner of The Country Mill Farm located in Charlotte, talks about how he learned about the MAEAP program and why he became involved. The farm was verified in 2007 in both the Farmstead and Cropping Systems and was re-verified in 2012.

November 15, 2012 - MAEAP Minutes is joined by Tom Wert of the Shiawassee Conservation District. Tom was recently awarded the Michigan Technician Assistance Award and the MAEAP Verification Award. We take a closer look into the life of a MAEAP technician.

November 8, 2012 - Part two of the Jamie Clover Adams interview. Benefits of MAEAP along with how to get involved with the program are included.

November 1, 2012 - Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development Director Jamie Clover Adams is questioned about the current status of MAEAP and where it stands in regard to the 5,000 verification goal by 2015.