MAEAP Verifed 233 Farms

posted on April 6, 2016 9:13am

The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development’s (MDARD) Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program (MAEAP) is recognizing 233 farms for implementing appropriate pollution prevention practices. The program assists farmers to comply with state and federal environmental regulations and with Right to Farm practices. Technical assistance was provided by local Conservation Districts.

The Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program recognized:

• A&A’s Little Red Shed Farm Market, of Lawton, as a verified farm in the Cropping and Farmstead Systems.

• Alfalfa Productions, LLC, of Onsted, as a verified farm in the Cropping System.

• A.J. Swift Farm, of Bronson, as a verified farm in the Cropping and Farmstead Systems.

• Allen Family Farms, of Owosso, as a verified farm in the Cropping, Farmstead, and Livestock Systems.

• American Patriot Hops, of Smiths Creek, as a verified farm in the Cropping and Farmstead Systems.

• Anthony Bees Farms, of Swartz Creek as a verified farm in the Farmstead System.

• Arborview Greenhouses, LLC, of Hudsonville, as a verified farm in the Cropping (Greenhouse) and Farmstead (Greenhouse) Systems.

• Aspen Thicket, of Gwinn, as a verified farm in the Forest, Wetlands, and Habitat System.

• Baese Farm, of Prudenville, as a verified farm in the Cropping, Farmstead, and Livestock Systems.

• Belson Farms, of Pittsford, as a verified farm in the Cropping and Livestock Systems.

• Ben Grady Farm, of Fairgrove, as a verified farm in the Cropping and Farmstead Systems.

• Ben Grady Home Farm, of Fairgrove, as a verified farm in the Farmstead System.

• Benne Farms, Inc., of Sturgis, as a verified farm in the Cropping, Farmstead, and Livestock Systems.

• Birtchbark Farm, of Fountain, as a verified farm in the Forest, Wetlands, and Habitat System.

• Black Hole North Farms, of Boyne City, as a verified farm in the Cropping, Farmstead, and Livestock Systems.

• Blaine Block Farm Operations, LLC, of Weidman, as a verified farm in the Cropping and Livestock Systems.

• Bonnell Farms, of Pittsford, as a verified farm in the Cropping System.

• Booher Farm, of Evart, as a verified farm in the Farmstead System.

• Booher Farms, LLC (Site 1), of Evart, as a verified farm in the Cropping and Farmstead Systems.

• Booher Farms, LLC (Site 2), of Evart, as a verified farm in the Farmstead System.

• Borck Farms, of Clayton, as a verified farm in the Farmstead System.

• Braid Farms, of Durand, as a verified farm in the Cropping and Farmstead Systems.

• Brandt Family Farms, of Hillman, as a verified farm in the Cropping, Farmstead, and Livestock Systems.

• Bratschi Orchards, of Williamsburg, as a verified farm in the Cropping and Farmstead Systems.

• Bruce Findlay Farm, of Caro, as a verified farm in the Cropping and Farmstead Systems.

• Brys Estate Vineyard & Winery, of Traverse City, as a verified farm in the Cropping and Farmstead Systems.

• BS Farms, of Yale, as a verified farm in the Cropping and Farmstead Systems.

• Buchholz Farms, of Harbor Beach, as a verified farm in the Cropping System.

• Burns Poultry Farms, Inc., of Millington, as a verified farm in the Livestock System.

• Cares Farm, of Dexter, as a verified farm in the Cropping and Livestock Systems.

• Carlin Farms, of Owosso, as a verified farm in the Cropping and Farmstead Systems.

• Carr Farms, Inc., of Lakeview, as a verified farm in the Cropping and Farmstead Systems.

• Carr Farms, Inc. (Site 2), of Morley, as a verified farm in the Farmstead System.

• Carr Farms, Inc. (Site 3), of Morley, as a verified farm in the Farmstead System.

• Cedar River Ranch, of Gladwin, as a verified farm in the Forest, Wetlands, and Habitat System.

• Cherry Beach Orchards, of Suttons Bay, as a verified farm in the Cropping and Farmstead Systems.

• Clark Farms, of Sturgis, as a verified farm in the Cropping and Farmstead Systems.

• Clay Maxwell, of Beaverton, as a verified farm in the Cropping and Livestock Systems.

• Cole Canoe Base, of Alger, as a verified farm in the Forest, Wetlands, and Habitat System.

• Come and See Farm, of Berrien Springs, as a verified farm in the Farmstead System.

• Crane Pond State Game Area, of Jones, as a verified farm in the Cropping System.

• Crockery Creek Farms, of Ravenna, as a verified farm in the Cropping, Farmstead, and Livestock Systems.

• Crossroads Farm, of Manitou Beach, as a verified farm in the Cropping, Farmstead, and Livestock Systems.

• Currey Farms, of Charlevoix, as a verified farm in the Farmstead System.

• D & B Plants, LLC, of Richmond, as a verified farm in the Cropping (Greenhouse) and Farmstead (Greenhouse) Systems.

• D + L Wilkin Farm, of Britton, as a verified farm in the Cropping System.

• D & R Orchards, of Berrien Springs, as a verified farm in the Cropping and Farmstead Systems.

• Dan Lauwers Farm, of Yale, as a verified farm in the Cropping and Farmstead Systems.

• Dave Walsh Farms, of Ubly, as a verified farm in the Cropping and Livestock Systems.

• David Barker Farm, of Vulcan, as a verified farm in the Cropping, Farmstead, and Livestock Systems.

• David Mitchell Farm, of Byron, as a verified farm in the Cropping and Farmstead Systems.

• David Patin Farm, of Carson City, as a verified farm in the Cropping, Farmstead, and Livestock Systems.

• DeBuck’s Sod Farm, Inc., of Davison as a verified farm in the Cropping System.

• denDulk Dairy, LLC, Home Farm, of Ravenna, as a verified farm in the Cropping and Livestock Systems.

• denDulk Dairy, LLC, New Shoe Feedlot, of Ravenna, as a verified farm in the Cropping, Farmstead, and Livestock Systems.

• denDulk Dairy, LLC, Thompson Farm, of Ravenna, as a verified farm in the Cropping, Farmstead, and Livestock Systems.

• denDulk Diary, LLC, New Dairy, of Ravenna, as a verified farm in the Cropping, Farmstead, and Livestock Systems.

• DNR Allegan State Game Area, of Allegan, as a verified farm in the Forest, Wetlands, and Habitat System.

• DNR Fennville Farm Unit of the Allegan State Game Area, of Fennville, as a verified farm in the Forest, Wetlands, and Habitat System.

• Don Hopkins Farm, of Belding, as a verified farm in the Cropping and Farmstead Systems.

• Dorman Farms, of Snover, as a verified farm in the Cropping System.

• Dutch Meadows Dairy, of St. Johns, as a verified farm in the Farmstead System.

• East Lake Ranch, of Kalkaska, as a verified farm in the Cropping, Farmstead, and Livestock Systems.

• Eisenga Potato Farms, of Marion, as a verified farm in the Cropping and Farmstead Systems.

• Eisenga Potato Farms, of McBain, as a verified farm in the Cropping and Farmstead Systems.

• E. Mark Lange Farms, of Maybee, as a verified farm in the Farmstead System.

• Essenmacher Farm, LLC, of Harbor Beach, as a verified farm in the Cropping System.

• Ginn Farms, of Capac, as a verified farm in the Cropping System.

• F. C. Simpson Lime Company, of Smiths Creek, as a verified farm in the Cropping (Greenhouse) and Farmstead (Greenhouse) Systems.

• Forty-Five North Winery and Vineyard, of Lake Leelanau, as a verified farm in the Cropping and Farmstead Systems.

• Freeman Creek Farms, LLC, of Freesoil, as a verified farm in the Cropping and Farmstead Systems.

• Gasper Farms, of Saranac, as a verified farm in the Cropping and Livestock Systems.

• Gaylord Lincoln Farm, of Springport, as a verified farm in the Cropping and Farmstead Systems.

• Gene Burgess Farm, of Brown Road, as a verified farm in the Cropping and Farmstead Systems.

• Glenn Aebig Farm, of Shelby, as a verified farm in the Farmstead System.

• Golden Hart Fruit Farms, of Hart, as a verified farm in the Cropping and Farmstead Systems.

• Golden Knob Farm, of Onsted, as a verified farm in the Farmstead System.

• Golden River Orchard, of Cheboygan, as a verified farm in the Cropping and Farmstead Systems.

• Gordon Family Farms, of Fife Lake, as a verified farm in the Cropping, Farmstead, and Livestock Systems.

• Green Tree Orchards, of Sparta, as a verified farm in the Cropping and Farmstead Systems.

• Greiner Rainbow Acres, of Hart, as a verified farm in the Cropping System.

• Greystone Gardens, of Armada, as a verified farm in the Cropping (Greenhouse) and Farmstead (Greenhouse) Systems.

• Grifka Farms, Inc., of Ubly, as a verified farm in the Cropping System.

• Haeussler Farm, of Manchester, as a verified farm in the Cropping, Farmstead, and Livestock Systems.

• Hall Farm, of Sand Lake, as a verified farm in the Cropping, Farmstead, and Livestock Systems.

• Hall Farms, of Belding, as a verified farm in the Cropping, Farmstead, and Livestock Systems.

• Hannah’s Garden, of Marquette, as a verified farm in the Cropping System.

• Hartland Farms, Inc., of Clayton, as a verified farm in the Cropping and Farmstead Systems.

• Haskin Farms—Grain Bin, of Lake Odessa, as a verified farm in the Cropping System.

• Heft Orchards, of Hopkins, as a verified farm in the Cropping, Farmstead, and Livestock Systems.

• Hepker Farms, of Hillsdale, as a verified farm in the Cropping System.

• Heritage Cove Farm, of Indian River, as a verified farm in the Cropping, Farmstead, and Livestock Systems.

• Hidden Creek Farm, of Dafter, as a verified farm in the Cropping, Farmstead, and Livestock Systems.

• Hileman Farm, of Harrison, as a verified farm in the Cropping, Farmstead, and Livestock Systems.

• Holbrook Farms, Inc., of Ubly, as a verified farm in the Cropping system.

• Holtzman Farms, of South Haven, as a verified farm in the Cropping and Farmstead Systems.

• Holtzman Blueberries, of South Haven, as a verified farm in the Cropping and Farmstead Systems.

• Holtzman Blueberries—Heinze Farm, of South Haven, as a verified farm in the Cropping System.

• Hudson Produce Farm, of Caro, as a verified farm in the Cropping, Farmstead, and Livestock Systems. 

• Isley-Bittersweet Farm, of Adrian, as a verified farm in the Cropping and Livestock Systems.

• J & D Dairy, of Ossineke, as a verified farm in the Cropping, Farmstead, and Livestock Systems.

• Jacobs Farm, of New Lothrop, as a verified farm in the Cropping and Farmstead Systems.

• Janssens Farm, of Monroe, as a verified farm in the Cropping System.

• Jason Nielsen Farm, of Melvin, as a verified farm in the Cropping System.

• J. Birchmeier Farm, of New Lothrop, as a verified farm in the Cropping and Farmstead Systems.

• Jesse Petersen Farms, of Pentwater, as a verified farm in the Cropping and Farmstead Systems.

• Joe and Diane Kautz, of Croswell, as a verified farm in the Cropping and Farmstead Systems.

• John A. Burk, of Bay City, as a verified farm in the Cropping and Farmstead Systems.

• John P. Burk, of Bay City, as a verified farm in the Cropping and Farmstead Systems.

• John R. Williams Farm, of Hart, as a verified farm in the Farmstead System. 

• Joseph Bower, of Bark River, as a verified farm in the Cropping and Livestock Systems.

• Kendall English Farm, of Breckenridge, as a verified farm in the Cropping and Farmstead Systems.

• Kratz Farms, LLC, of Caro, as a verified farm in the Cropping; Farmstead; Forest, Wetlands, and Habitat; and Livestock Systems.

• Krepps Farm, of Ravenna, as a verified farm in the Cropping, Farmstead, and Livestock Systems.

• Krohn Farm, of Elkton, as a verified farm in the Cropping and Farmstead Systems.

• Laketop Orchards, LLC, of Conklin, as a verified farm in the Cropping and Farmstead Systems.

• Lauwers Alfalfa & Straw Farm, of Capac, as a verified farm in the Cropping, Farmstead, and Livestock Systems.

• Lavestation Farm, LLC, of Coloma, as a verified farm in the Cropping and Farmstead Systems.

• Leduc Blueberries, LLC, of Paw Paw, as a verified farm in the Cropping and Farmstead Systems.

• Lister Orchards Inc., of Ludington, as a verified farm in the Cropping and Farmstead Systems.

• Lockwood Acres, of Ida, as a verified farm in the Farmstead and Livestock Systems.

• Mann Farms, of Fennville, as a verified farm in the Farmstead System.

• Markillie Orchard, of Howell, as a verified farm in the Cropping and Farmstead Systems.

• Matt Hinderer Farm, of Chelsea, as a verified farm in the Cropping System.

• Matt Streeter Farm, of Durand, as a verified farm in the Cropping System.

• Matthes Farms, LLC, of Monroe, as a verified farm in the Cropping and Livestock Systems.

• Matthes Greenhouses, LLC, of Monroe, as a verified farm in the Cropping (Greenhouse) and Farmstead (Greenhouse) Systems.

• Maxwell Seed Farm, of Hope, as a verified farm in the Cropping System.

• McCallum Orchard and Cider Mill, LLC, of Jeddo, as a verified farm in the Cropping and Farmstead Systems.

• McCarty Farms, of Carsonville, as a verified farm in the Cropping System.

• McKown Farms, of Clayton, as a verified farm in the Cropping and Farmstead Systems.

• Micandy Garden Greenhouses, of Hudsonville, as a verified farm in the Cropping (Greenhouse) and Farmstead (Greenhouse) Systems.

• Michael Benjamin Farm, of Perry, as a verified farm in the Cropping and Farmstead Systems.

• Mike Fromm Farm, of Owosso, as a verified farm in the Cropping and Farmstead Systems.

• Mill Creek Stock Farm, of Chelsea, as a verified farm in the Livestock System.

• Miller Beef, Inc., of Sandusky, as a verified farm in the Cropping System.

• Mischels Greenhouses, of Williamsburg, as a verified farm in the Cropping and Farmstead Systems.

• Mills Farm, of Blissfield, as a verified farm in the Cropping and Farmstead Systems.

• Monta┼ła Rusa Farms, Inc, of Traverse City, as a verified farm in the Cropping, Farmstead, and Livestock Systems.

• Mountain Road Vineyard, LLC, of Coloma, as a verified farm in the Cropping and Farmstead Systems.

• MSU Horticulture Teaching & Research Center, of Holt, as a verified farm in the Farmstead System.

• Myers Farm, of Sandusky, as a verified farm in the Forest, Wetlands, and Habitat System.

• New Heritage Farms, LLC, of Saranac, as a verified farm in the Farmstead and Livestock Systems.

• Newton Farms, of Henderson, as a verified farm in the Cropping and Farmstead Systems.

• Newton Farms, of Oakley, as a verified farm in the Cropping and Farmstead Systems.

• Northridge Orchards, LLC, of Kent City, as a verified farm in the Cropping and Farmstead Systems.

• Orr Farms, of Charlotte, as a verified farm in the Cropping System.

• Palm Acres, LLC, of Vassar, as a verified farm in the Cropping System.

• Paramount Enterprises Dairy, of Caro, as a verified farm in the Cropping, Farmstead, and Livestock Systems.

• Parks Show Cattle, LLC, of Metamora, as a verified farm in the Cropping, Farmstead, and Livestock Systems.

• Paul Birchmeier Farm, of Corunna, as a verified farm in the Farmstead System.

• Peacock Road Tree Farm, of Laingsburg, as a verified farm in the Cropping, Farmstead, and Livestock Systems.

• Pellegrini Farms, of Escanaba, as a verified farm in the Cropping and Farmstead Systems.

• Peter Maxwell Farm, of Hope, as a verified farm in the Cropping System.

• Pickett Angus Farm, of Jackson, as a verified farm in the Cropping, Farmstead, and Livestock Systems.

• Planters Paradise and Floral Gardens, of Macomb, as a verified farm in the Cropping (Greenhouse) and Farmstead (Greenhouse) Systems.

• Plantit Herb Almost Organic, of Fife Lake, as a verified farm in the Cropping, Farmstead, and Livestock Systems.

• Pork Chop Hill Farms, of Reading, as a verified farm in the Cropping and Livestock Systems.

• Porter Farms, Inc., of Blissfield, as a verified farm in the Cropping System.

• Potato Lane Farm, of Rock, as a verified farm in the Cropping and Farmstead Systems.

• Powers Farm, of Pentwater, as a verified farm in the Cropping System.

• Pridgeon Farms, LLC, of Montgomery, as a verified farm in the Cropping, Farmstead, and Livestock Systems.

• Quandt Farm, Inc., of Peck, as a verified farm in the Cropping System.

• Ramirez Farms, of Birch Run, as a verified farm in the Cropping, Farmstead, and Livestock Systems.

• Randy Wood Farm, of Marlette, as a verified farm in the Farmstead System.

• Rauls Farm, of Posen, as a verified farm in the Cropping, Farmstead, and Livestock Systems.

• Raymond Family Farm, of Davison, as a verified farm in the Farmstead and Livestock Systems.

• Reinbold Organic Farms, LLC, of Caro, as a verified farm in the Cropping System.

• Richard Marks Farm, of Blissfield, as a verified farm in the Cropping System.

• Ridgeview Orchards, LLC, of Conklin, as a verified farm in the Cropping and Farmstead System.

• Ries Family Farms, of Sand Creek, as a verified farm in the Cropping and Farmstead System.

• R. L. Goetz Enterprises, Inc., of Blissfield, as a verified farm in the Farmstead System.

• Rob Stein Farm, of Ravenna, as a verified farm in the Cropping and Farmstead Systems.

• Robert Bush Farms, of New Era, as a verified farm in the Farmstead System.

• Rolling Acres Dairy, of Quincy, as a verified farm in the Cropping, Farmstead, and Livestock Systems.

• S & S Beef, of Hillsdale, as a verified farm in the Cropping, Farmstead, and Livestock Systems.

• Sandy Ridge Farms, of Zeeland, as a verified farm in the Cropping (Greenhouse), Farmstead (Greenhouse), and Livestock Systems.

• Sandy View Farm, of Hamilton, as a verified farm in the Cropping, Farmstead, and Livestock Systems.

• Schian Farm, of Birch Run, as a verified farm in the Cropping and Farmstead Systems.

• Shady Lane Partners, LLC, DBA Shady Lane Orchard, of Suttons Bay, as a verified farm in the Cropping and Farmstead Systems.

• Shady Side Farm, of Holland, as a verified farm in the Farmstead System.

• Shane’s Organic Garden, of Monroe, as a verified farm in the Cropping System.

• Siegler Dairy Farm, of Imlay City, as a verified farm in the Farmstead and Livestock Systems.

• Simpkins Farm, of Sand Creek, as a verified farm in the Cropping and Livestock Systems.

• Sklarczyk Seed Farm, of Johannesburg, as a verified farm in the Cropping and Farmstead Systems.

• South Gould City Property, of Gould City, as a verified farm in the Forest, Wetlands, and Habitat System.

• Spike Farms, of Owosso, as a verified farm in the Cropping and Farmstead Systems.

• Stoneman Farms, LLC, of Breckenridge, as a verified farm in the Cropping System.

• Stoney Creek Farms, of Hastings, as a verified farm in the Cropping, Farmstead, and Livestock Systems.

• Stoney Acres, of Fairview, as a verified farm in the Cropping and Livestock Systems.

• Stratton Farms, of Edmore, as a verified farm in the Cropping and Farmstead Systems.

• Sunblossom Orchards, of Suttons Bay, as a verified farm in the Cropping and Farmstead Systems.

• Sun E Farms, of Allegan, as a verified farm in the Farmstead and Livestock Systems.

• Stone Brothers Farms, of Sandusky, as a verified farm in the Cropping and Livestock Systems.

• Swoish Farms, LLC, of North Branch, as a verified farm in the Cropping and Livestock Systems.

• Tad Aebig Farm, of Shelby, as a verified farm in the Farmstead System.

• Taiga Farm and Vineyard, of Ironwood, as a verified farm in the Cropping, Farmstead, and Livestock Systems.

• Terry Turnwald Farm, of Shepherd, as a verified farm in the Cropping and Farmstead Systems.

• Thomas McWilliams Farm, of Port Sanilac, as a verified farm in the Cropping, Farmstead, and Livestock Systems.

• Thornton Agriculture, of Reed City, as a verified farm in the Cropping System.

• Tindall Farm, of Metamora, as a verified farm in the Cropping and Farmstead Systems.

• Tri Angus Farms, of Casco, as a verified farm in the Cropping System.

• Tuckerman Farms, of Blissfield, as a verified farm in the Livestock System.

• Twin Creek Farms, of Morley, as a verified farm in the Cropping and Livestock Systems.

• Valentine Farms, LLC, of Fostoria, as a verified farm in the Cropping System.

• Van Nortwick Farms, of Pentwater, as a verified farm in the Cropping System.

• Van Sickle Farms, of Hart, as a verified farm in the Cropping System.

• Ventura Farm, of Bath, as a verified farm in the Farmstead and Livestock Systems.

• Verellen Orchards, Inc., of Washington, as a verified farm in the Cropping and Farmstead Systems.

• Vergote Farms, of Blissfield, as a verified farm in the Cropping System.

• Vinke Orchards, Inc., of Montague, as a verified farm in the Cropping and Farmstead Systems.

• Vinke Orchards, Inc., of Shelby, as a verified farm in the Cropping and Farmstead Systems.

• Vintage Acres, of Blissfield, as a verified farm in the Farmstead System.

• Voisinet Farms, of Laingsburg, as a verified farm in the Cropping and Farmstead Systems.

• Voogt Farms, of Marne, as a verified farm in the Cropping, Farmstead, and Livestock Systems.

• Wagner Farms, of Grawn, as a verified farm in the Cropping, Farmstead, and Livestock Systems.

• Wallis Family Farm, of Rudyard, as a verified farm in the Cropping, Farmstead, and Livestock Systems.

• Walloon Lake Winery, of Petoskey, as a verified farm in the Cropping and Farmstead Systems.

• Warren Suchovsky, of Stephenson, as a verified farm in the Forest, Wetlands, and Habitat System.

• Wayne Wood Farm, of Marlette, as a verified farm in the Farmstead System.

• Weinberg Farm, of Scotts, as a verified farm in the Farmstead System.

• Windy Knoll Farm, Inc., of Rudyard, as a verified farm in the Cropping, Farmstead, and Livestock Systems.

• Windshadow Farm and Dairy, LLC, of Bangor, as a verified farm in the Cropping, Farmstead, and Livestock Systems.

• Winn Heritage Farms, LLC, of Columbus, as a verified farm in the Cropping and Farmstead Systems.

• Witt Farms, of Deerfield, as a verified farm in the Cropping System.

• Zenz Farms, of Grass Lake, as a verified farm in the Cropping System.

• Zieske Farm, of Maybee, as a verified farm in the Cropping System.

• Ziola Farms, of Elsie, as a verified farm in the Cropping and Farmstead Systems.

• Zmitko Farms, of Owosso, as a verified farm in the Farmstead System.

• Z Star Dairy, of Caseville, as a verified farm in the Farmstead and Livestock Systems.

• Zwemmer Dairy Farms, LLC, of Elkton, as a verified farm in the Livestock System.

 “By taking the steps necessary to become an environmentally verified operation, these 233 farms have contributed to the assurance of sustainable farming practices,” said MDARD Director Jamie Clover Adams. “Michigan is leading the national agriculture community in effective stewardship practices with the voluntary, incentive-based MAEAP program. The continued success of the program demonstrates that environmental sustainability and economic development are not mutually exclusive.”

MAEAP is a collaborative effort of farmers, MDARD, Michigan Farm Bureau, commodity organizations, universities, conservation districts, conservation and environmental groups and state and federal agencies.  More than 100 local coordinators and technical service providers are available to assist farmers as they move through the MAEAP process toward verification. An average of 5,000 Michigan farmers attend educational programs annually, 10,000 Michigan farms have started the verification process and over 2,500 farms have been verified to date.

To become MAEAP verified, farmers must complete three comprehensive steps which include attending an educational seminar, conducting a thorough on-farm risk assessment, and developing and implementing an action plan addressing potential environmental risks. MDARD conducts an on farm inspection to verify program requirements related to applicable state and federal environmental regulations, Michigan Right to Farm guidelines, and adherence to an action plan. When completed, the producer receives a certificate of environmental assurance. To remain a MAEAP verified farm, inspections must be conducted every three years and action steps must be followed.

In March of 2011, Governor Rick Snyder signed Senate Bill 122 and House Bill 4212, now Public Acts 1 and 2 of 2011, to codify the Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program into law.

MAEAP is a multi-year program allowing producers to meet personal objectives, while best managing both time and resources. The program encompasses three systems designed to help producers evaluate the environmental risks of their operation. Each system – Livestock, Farmstead, and Cropping – examines a different aspect of a farm, as each has a different environmental impact. By participating in all three systems, producers can comprehensively evaluate their entire farming operation for potential environmental risks.

For more information, visit the MAEAP website at http://www.maeap.org or contact Joe Kelpinski, MDARD’s MAEAP Program Manager, at (517)284-5608.