MAEAP verified 52 farms in July

posted on August 29, 2014 2:51pm

The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development’s (MDARD) Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program (MAEAP) is recognizing 52 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:

  • Louella Byelich Farms of Harrisville in Alcona County, as a verified farm in the Livestock and Cropping Systems.
  • Rock River Farm, of Chatham, as a verified farm in the Cropping and Farmstead Systems for Greenhouse.
  • Treasa’s Treasures, of Munising, as a verified farm in the Cropping and Farmstead Systems.
  • Gold Coast Farms, Inc. of Fennville in Allegan County, as a verified farm in the Farmstead System.
  • Li’l Bitty Farm of Lachine in Alpena County, as a verified farm in the Livestock, Cropping and Farmstead Systems.
  • Black Oak Farm, of Battle Creek, as a verified farm in the Livestock, Farmstead and Cropping Systems.
  • High Five Hops Farm, LLC, of Marshall, as a verified farm in the Farmstead and Cropping Systems.
  • C.V. Vineyards, of Cheboygan, as a verified farm in the Farmstead and Cropping Systems.
  • Resonance Center, of Cheboygan, as a verified farm in the Livestock, Farmstead and Cropping Systems.
  • Border Country Berries of Sault Ste. Marie in Chippewa County, as a verified farm in the Livestock, Farmstead and Cropping Systems.
  • K & K Dairy Farms, LLC, of Westphalia, as a verified farm in the Livestock and Cropping Systems.
  • Golden Knob Farm, of St. Johns, as a verified farm in the Cropping System.
  • Bourland’s Farm of Charlotte in Eaton County, as a verified farm in the Livestock and Farmstead Systems.
  • Minis by the Creek, of Petoskey, as a verified farm in the Livestock, Farmstead and Cropping Systems.
  • Gabriel Farms, LLC, of Petoskey, as a verified farm in the Farmstead and Cropping Systems.
  • Notta Lotta Acres of Flushing in Genesee County, as a verified farm in the Livestock, Cropping and Farmstead Systems.
  • Gerry Hanson Farms, of Harbor Beach, as a verified farm in the Cropping System.
  • Gerry Hanson Farms (Site 2), of Bad Axe, as a verified farm in the Livestock System.
  • Krohn Seed Farm, of Elkton, as a verified farm in the Cropping System.
  • The Flower Farm, L.L.C., of Bad Axe, as a verified farm in the Farmstead and Cropping Systems for greenhouse.
  • David Damm Farm, of Bay Port, as a verified farm in the Cropping System.
  • ETL Farms, of Pigeon, as a verified farm in the Cropping and Farmstead Systems.
  • Jade Farms, of Pigeon, as a verified farm in the Cropping System.
  • Maschke Farms, of Bad Axe, as a verified farm in the Farmstead and Cropping Systems.
  • Schipinski Farms, of Filion, as a verified farm in the Cropping System.
  • Czaika’s Blueberry Farm of Tawas City in Iosco County, as a verified farm in the Cropping System.
  • Recker Farm, of Shepherd, as a verified farm in the Farmstead and Cropping Systems.
  • Turnwald Farm, of Shepard, as a verified farm in the Farmstead and Cropping Systems.
  • Westrate Greenhouse, Inc., of Kalamazoo, as a verified farm in the Farmstead and Cropping Systems for greenhouse.
  • Kellogg Biological Station (KBS) - MSU, of Shepard, of Hickory Corner, as a verified farm in the Cropping System.
  • Coville Cattle, of Vicksburg, as a verified farm in the Cropping System.
  • Mark Gottsleben Farm of Fife Lake in Kalkaska County, as a verified farm in the Cropping System.
  • Conrad Farms, of Jasper, as a verified farm in the Cropping System.
  • Tuckerman Farms, of Blissfield, as a verified farm in the Cropping System.
  • Golden Knob Farm Site 2, of Onsted, as a verified farm in the Cropping System.
  • Triple K Farms, Inc., of Morenci, as a verified farm in the Cropping and Livestock Systems.
  • Northern Michigan University Hoop House of Marquette in Marquette County, as a verified farm in the Cropping System.
  • Heritage Farms of Lake City in Missaukee County, as a verified farm in the Farmstead, Livestock and Cropping Systems.
  • Will Grow Farm, LLC of Maybee in Monroe County, as a verified farm in the Farmstead System.
  • Winddancer Farm, Inc. of Coral in Montcalm County, as a verified farm in the Farmstead, Cropping and Livestock Systems.
  • New Beginnings Hoop House of Hillman in Montnorency County, as a verified farm in the Cropping System.
  • Kantola Quality Farms of Ravenna in Muskegon County, as a verified farm in the Farmstead, Cropping and Livestock Systems.
  • Four Star Farms of Hart in Oceana County, as a verified farm in the Farmstead and Cropping Systems.
  • Bischoff Farm of Prudenville in Roscommon County, as a verified farm in the Farmstead, Cropping and Livestock Systems.
  • Gerstenberger Farms, of Sandusky, as a verified farm in the Cropping System.
  • Thomas McWilliams Farm, of Port Sanilac, as a verified farm in the Cropping System.
  • F. J. Gray Farm, LLC, of Owosso, as a verified farm in the Cropping and Farmstead Systems.
  • Don Gray Farm, of Owosso, as a verified farm in the Cropping and Farmstead Systems.
  • Golden Knob Farm Site 2, of Onsted, as a verified farm in the Cropping System.
  • Stasa Farm, of Owosso, as a verified farm in the Cropping System.
  • Naplin Farms of North Street in St. Clair County, as a verified farm in the Cropping System.
  • Alpha Cone Hop Farm of Boon in Wexford County, as a verified farm in the Farmstead, Cropping and Livestock 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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