MAEAP Verifes Sixty-Two Farms in September

posted on October 18, 2012 10:22am

 

The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development’s (MDARD) Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program (MAEAP) is recognizing sixty-two 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:

·         John Schaendorf Dairy LLC, of Allegan, as a verified farm in the Livestock System.

·         Blue Jay Farms, of Three Oaks, as a verified farm in the Cropping System.

·         Springhope Farm, of Galien, as a verified farm in the Cropping System.

·         Pridgeon Farms, LLC, of Montgomery, as a verified farm in the Cropping System

·         East Sussex, of Ceresco, as a verified farm in the Cropping and Livestock Systems.

·         Ron Smith Farm, of Marshall, as a verified farm in the Cropping System.

·         Sparks Cedarlee Farm, of Cassopolis, as a verified farm in the Farmstead, Cropping and Livestock Systems.

·         Dallas Cloud Farms, of Edwardsburg, as a verified farm in the Cropping System.

·         Circle Bar Farms, of Cheboygan, as a verified farm in the Farmstead System.

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

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

·         North Central Research Station, of St. Johns, as a verified farm in the Farmstead and Cropping Systems.

·         Greenbush Farms, of St. Johns, as a verified farm in the Farmstead System.

·         Denton Farm, of Petoskey, as a verified farm in the Cropping System.

·         Lake View Farm, of Harbor Springs, as a verified farm in the Cropping and Livestock Systems.

·         Montanã Rusa Farms, Inc., of Traverse City, as a verified farm in the Farmstead, Cropping and Livestock Systems.

·         Owens Farm, of Elwell, as a verified farm in the Farmstead and Livestock Systems.

·         Double Quad Farms LLC, of Ithaca, as a verified farm in the Farmstead and Livestock Systems.

·         Double Quad Farms,LLC , of Wheeler, as a verified farm in the Farmstead and Livestock Systems.

·         Crumbaugh Farms, LLC, of Wheeler, as a verified farm in the Farmstead and Cropping Systems.

·         Stoney Ridge Farm, of Waldron, as a verified farm in the Farmstead and Cropping Systems.

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

·         Border View Farms, of Waldron, as a verified farm in the Cropping System.

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

·         Leipprandt Orchards, of Pigeon, as a verified farm in the Cropping System.

·         Krohn Farm, of Elkton, as a verified farm in the Cropping System.

·         Rose Valley Dairy, LLC, of Filion, as a verified farm in the Cropping System.

·         Milton Iseler Farm, of Port Austin, as a verified farm in the Livestock System.

·         Frosty Acres, of Williamston, as a verified farm in the Livestock, Cropping, and Farmstead Systems.

·         R & B Farm, of Hubberston, as a verified farm in the Livestock System.

·         Terry Turnwald Farm, of Shepard, as a verified farm in the Cropping System.

·         Esham Family Farm, of Albion, as a verified farm in the Livestock, Cropping, and Farmstead Systems.

·         Myers Farm LLC, of Scotts, as a verified farm in the Cropping System.

·         Buckham Farms, of Kalamazoo, as a verified farm in the Farmstead System.

·         Steve Schaub, of North Branch, as a verified farm in the Livestock and Farmstead Systems.

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

·         JMD Family Beef Farm, of Rodney, as a verified farm in the Farmstead, Livestock and Cropping Systems.

·         Olger Farm, of Blanchard, as a verified farm in the Cropping System.

·         De Grins Oer Dairy, of Blanchard, as a verified farm in the Livestock System.

·         LeVar Farms, of Midland, as a verified farm in the Livestock, Cropping, and Farmstead Systems.

·         Winkel Dairy, of Marion, as a verified farm in the Livestock and Cropping Systems.

·         Korte Dairy, of Six Lakes, as a verified farm in the Livestock and Cropping Systems.

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

·         Provenance Wildflower Farm, of LeRoy, as a verified farm in the Greenhouse Cropping and Farmstead Systems.

·         Native Plant Nursery, of Gaylord in Otsego County, as a verified farm in the Greenhouse Cropping and Farmstead Systems.

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

·         Bischoff Farm, of Prudenville, as a verified farm in the Livestock and Cropping Systems.

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

·         Albaugh Farms, of Owosso, as a verified farm in the Farmstead and Cropping Systems.

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

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

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

·         Shine’s Derry Farm of Haslett, as a verified farm in the Farmstead System.

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

·         Goldenview Home Farm, of Mendon, as a verified farm in the Farmstead System.

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

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

·         Galens Blueberries, of Covert, as a verified farm in the Farmstead and Cropping Systems.

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

·         Lake Cora Vineyard, of Paw Paw, as a verified farm in the Cropping System.

·         Selter Farm, of Ypsilanti, as a verified farm in the Livestock and Cropping Systems.

·         Sugar Den, of Mesick, as a verified farm in the Farmstead System

“I am pleased to announce that these farms have taken the steps necessary to become an environmentally verified operation,” said MDARD Director Jamie Clover Adams. “Michigan is leading the way nationwide in effective stewardship practices with the voluntary, incentive-based MAEAP program. This continued effort shows agricultural producers long term commitment to protecting the environment while maintaining economic success.”

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 more than 1,100 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 Jan Wilford, MDARD’s MAEAP Program Manager, at 517-241-4730.

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