MAEAP verified 33 farms in March

posted on April 15, 2014 10:15am

The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development’s (MDARD) Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program (MAEAP) is recognizing 33 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:

  • Mike Mulders Farms LLC, of Essexville, as a verified farm in the Farmstead System.
  • Cinzori Farm, of Ceresco, as a verified farm in the Farmstead and Cropping Systems.
  • East Sussex, of Ceresco, as a verified farm in the Farmstead System.
  • Leach Farms, of Homer, as a verified farm in the Cropping System.
  • Bair Lane Farm, of Marcellus, as a verified farm in the Farmstead System.
  • Markley Farm, of Byron, as a verified farm in the Farmstead and Cropping Systems.
  • Wagner Limousine Farm, of Beaverton, as a verified farm in the Farmstead, Livestock, and Cropping Systems.
  • High Point Livestock, of Ithaca, as a verified farm in the Cropping System.
  • Huyck Farms, of Ithaca, as a verified farm in the Farmstead and Cropping Systems.
  • Person Farms, LLC, of Camden, as a verified farm in the Cropping System.
  • Kevin Bever Farms, of Hillsdale, as a verified farm in the Cropping System.
  • Martin’s Produce Farm, of Richland, as a verified farm in the Farmstead and Livestock Systems.
  • Pickford Farms, of Gasper, as a verified farm in the Cropping System.
  • Vintage Farms, of Blissfield, as a verified farm in the Cropping System.
  • Rozeveld Dairy, of Marion, as a verified farm in the Cropping System.
  • Livingway Greenhouse, of Falmouth, as a verified farm in the Cropping and Farmstead Systems for greenhouses.
  • Clarence Chase Farm, of New Era, as a verified farm in the Cropping System.
  • R & J Bush Farms, of Shelby, as a verified farm in the Cropping System.
  • Robert Bush Farms, of New Era, as a verified farm in the Cropping System.
  • DeRuiter Farms, Inc., of Hart, as a verified farm in the Farmstead and Cropping Systems.
  • Vinke Orchards, Inc., of Shelby, as a verified farm in the Cropping System.
  • Wirth Farms, of Evart, as a verified farm in the Farmstead, Cropping, and Livestock Systems.
  • G. N. D. Cattle, of Tustin, as a verified farm in the Cropping System.
  • Greg Mahoney Farm, of St. Charles, as a verified farm in the Cropping System.
  • Cole Riverview Farms, Inc., of Bancroft, as a verified farm in the Farmstead System.
  • Terramark Farms, of Ovid, as a verified farm in the Cropping System.
  • Joe Theisen Farm, of Memphis, as a verified farm in the Farmstead and Cropping Systems for greenhouses.
  • Riverside Apple Farm, of Sturgis, as a verified farm in the Farmstead, Cropping, and Livestock Systems.
  • Black Prairie Farms, of White Pigeon, as a verified farm in the Cropping System.
  • Zimba Farm, of Deford, as a verified farm in the Cropping System.
  • Pike Farms, of Fairgrove, as a verified farm in the Cropping System.
  • McNeil Farms, LLC, of Unionville, as a verified farm in the Farmstead and Cropping Systems.
  • Dennis Ackerman Farms, LLC, of Reese, as a verified farm in the Farmstead and Cropping Systems.

 “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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