MAEAP verified 37 farms in June

posted on July 16, 2014 9:20am

The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development’s (MDARD) Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program (MAEAP) is recognizing 37 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:

  • Crazy Lady Farm of Spruce, as a verified farm in the Livestock and Cropping Systems.
  • Jablonski Farming, LLC, of Wayland, as a verified farm in the Cropping and Farmstead Systems.
  • Fennville Farm Unit of the Allegan State Game Area, of Fennville, as a verified farm in the Cropping System.
  • Gold Coast Farms, Inc., of Fennville, as a verified farm in the Cropping System.
  • Rusty Roof Farm, of Battle Creek, as a verified farm in the Farmstead, Cropping, and Livestock Systems.
  • J & J Scramlin Farms, of Hickory Corners, as a verified farm in the Farmstead, Cropping, and Livestock Systems.
  • High Lean Pork Hickory Corners Farm, of Hickory Corners, as a verified farm in the Livestock System.
  • Willow Farm (Site 2) in Branch County, as a verified farm in the Cropping, Livestock, and Farmstead Systems.
  • Griner Farms of Jones, as a verified farm in the Farmstead and Cropping Systems.
  • JSQ MSQ, LLC of Charlevoix, as a verified farm in the Farmstead and Cropping Systems.
  • Love Farms of Rudyard, as a verified farm in the Livestock, Farmstead and Cropping Systems.
  • B & B Farms of Marion, as a verified farm in the Farmstead and Cropping Systems.
  • Karg Farms, of Harbor Beach, as a verified farm in the Cropping System.
  • Lubeski Brothers Farm, of Bad Axe, as a verified farm in the Cropping System.
  • Z Star Dairy, of Caseville, as a verified farm in the Livestock System.
  • MSU Beef Cow/Calf Teaching Center, of Lansing, as a verified farm in the Livestock and Farmstead Systems.
  • MSU Beef Cattle Teaching and Research Center (Feed Lot), of Lansing, as a verified farm in the Livestock and Farmstead Systems.
  • Spartan Country Meats, LLC, of Webberville, as a verified farm in the Livestock and Farmstead Systems
  • MSU Swine Teaching & Research Facility, of Lansing, as a verified farm in the Livestock and Farmstead systems.
  • MSU Beef Cow/Calf Teaching Center, of Lansing, as a verified farm in the Livestock and Farmstead Systems.
  • MSU Beef Cattle Teaching and Research Center (Feed Lot), of Lansing, as a verified farm in the Livestock and Farmstead Systems.
  • Spartan Country Meats, LLC, of Webberville, as a verified farm in the Livestock and Farmstead Systems
  • MSU Swine Teaching & Research Facility, of Lansing, as a verified farm in the Livestock and Farmstead systems.
  • Birtchbark Farm, of Fountain, as a verified farm in the Farmstead and Livestock Systems.
  • Carr Creek Hops, of Branch, as a verified farm in the Farmstead and Cropping Systems.
  • Will Grow Farm, LLC, of Maybee, as a verified farm in the Cropping System.
  • Point Mouillee State Game Area, of Lockwood, as a verified farm in the Cropping and Farmstead Systems.
  • Indian Creek Camel Farm, of Lambertville, as a verified farm in the Livestock System.
  • Earthscape Farms, LLC, of Hisperia, as a verified farm in the Farmstead, Cropping and Livestock Systems.
  • Maple Grove Farms Inc., of Hart, as a verified farm in the Farmstead and Cropping Systems.
  • Flower Bucket Farm, of Reed City in Osceola County, as a verified farm in the Cropping and Farmstead Systems.
  • The Plump Pumpkin, of Luther in Lake County, as a verified farm in the Livestock and Farmstead Systems.
  • Schooley Farms, LLC, of Reed City in Lake County, as a verified farm in the Cropping, Livestock and Farmstead Systems.
  • New Holland Blueberries, Corp., of Holland, as a verified farm in the Farmstead and Cropping Systems.
  • New Holland Blueberries, Corp., of West Olive, as a verified farm in the Cropping System.
  • Gardner Farms in Roscommon County, as a verified farm in the Cropping and Livestock Systems.
  • Morris Farm, of New Boston, 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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