DeRuiter Farms: Utilizing MAEAP, achieving goals

posted on April 23, 2013 11:55am

The Cherry Marketing Institute (CMI) is a proud partner of the Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program (MAEAP) program. MAEAP’s mission is to develop and implement a proactive environmental assurance program ensuring that Michigan farmers are engaging in cost-effective pollution prevention practices and are working to comply with state and federal environmental regulations.

Michael DeRuiter was recently appointed to the CMI board of directors and he has also served as the district 2 representative for his third year on the Michigan Cherry Committee. Michael is the Vice President and Quality Control Manager of DeRuiter Farms in Hart, Michigan and his farm is MAEAP verified. DeRuiter Farms grows 800 acres of tart cherries, 20 acres of sweet cherries, 35 acres of peaches and 100 acres of apples. Michael has worked on the farm for 12 years.

Michael is a third generation farmer and holds an MBA in Business Administration. He also serves on the Michigan Farm Bureau Board of Directors and chair of the Michigan Farm Bureau State Young Farmer Committee.

DeRuiter added “We believe Michigan is rich in water resources. As famers and processors we need to be able to utilize the resources we have and return them to the environment in a sustainable way. MAEAP helps our farm accomplish this goal.”

DeRuiter Farms, Inc. received a “Conservationist of the Year” award for Oceana County in 2010 for their outstanding environmental practices and remains committed to minimize agricultural pollution risks and hazards. MAEAP is an innovative, proactive, and voluntary program that helps farms of all sizes. To learn more about the MAEAP program visit: http://www.maeap.org.

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