MAEAP Verified 18 Farms with January 2014 and December 2013 Verifications

posted on February 6, 2014 11:30am

The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development’s (MDARD) Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program (MAEAP) is recognizing 18 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:

  • Chadwick Farms, of Laingsburg, as a verified farm in the Cropping and Farmstead Systems.
  • Trowbridge Farm, of Goodrich, as a verified farm in the Farmstead System.
  • Baur Farms, LLC, of Bay Port, as a verified farm in the Livestock Systems.
  • Krohn Farm, of Elkton, as a verified farm in the Farmstead System.
  • Sweeney Acre Farms, LLC, of Ubly, as a verified farm in the Cropping System.
  • Feraldine Koth Farms, of Filion, as a verified farm in the Farmstead System.
  • Weir Farms, of Hanover in Jackson County, as a verified farm in the Livestock, Cropping, and Farmstead Systems.
  • Penzien Farm, LLC, of Attica, as a verified farm in the Cropping and Farmstead Systems.
  • Howland Farms, of Brown City, as a verified farm in the Cropping System.
  • Swoish Farms, LLC, of North Branch, as a verified farm in the Cropping and Farmstead Systems.
  • Dean Enter Farm, of Tustin, as a verified farm in the Livestock and Farmstead Systems.
  • Critter Barn, of Zeeland, as a verified farm in the Livestock and Farmstead Systems.
  • Blaine Farms, of St. Charles, as a verified farm in the Cropping and Farmstead Systems.
  • Allan K Shaw Inc., of Marlette, as a verified farm in the Cropping System.
  • Steven Maedel Farm, of Applegate, as a verified farm in the Farmstead System.
  • John Maedel Farm, of Applegate, as a verified farm in the Farmstead System.
  • Triple R Farms, of Snover, as a verified farm in the Farmstead System.
  • Kauffman Farms,LLC, of Mendon, 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 over 2,000 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)284-5608.

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