MAEAP verified 52 farms in October

posted on November 24, 2014 5:49pm

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:

  • MSU-The North Farm at the Upper Peninsula Research & Extension Center, of Chatham, as a verified farm in the Cropping and Farmstead Systems.
  • MSU-Upper Peninsula Research & Extension Center, of Chatham, as a verified farm in the Livestock, Cropping and Farmstead Systems.
  • Home Farm, of South Haven, as a verified farm in the Cropping System.
  • Blue Haven Farms, LLC, of South Haven, as a verified farm in the Farmstead and Cropping Systems.
  • Dave and Sue’s Blue’s, of Grand Junction, as a verified farm in the Farmstead and Cropping Systems.
  • Sand Lily Farm, of Fennville, as a verified farm in the Farmstead, Livestock and Cropping Systems.
  • Nik-Col Farm, of Kewadin, as a verified farm in the Farmstead and Cropping Systems.
  • Imperial Heights Farm of Michigamme, as a verified farm in the Farmstead, Livestock and Cropping Systems.
  • Tom Otto Turkey Farms, of Middleville, as a verified farm in the Farmstead System.
  • Pfander Farm, of Homer, as a verified farm in the Livestock System.
  • Pine Ridge Farm, of Homer, as a verified farm in the Livestock System.
  • South Maple Farm, of Dafter, as a verified farm in the Farmstead, Cropping and Livestock Systems.
  • Hunter’s Ridge Belted Galloways, of Dafter, as a verified farm in the Cropping and Livestock Systems.
  • T. Bill Stables, of Clare, as a verified farm in the Farmstead and Livestock Systems.
  • Mackinaw Trail Winery, of Petoskey, as a verified farm in the Farmstead and Cropping Systems.
  • Old Stone Vineyard, of Petoskey, as a verified farm in the Farmstead and Cropping Systems.
  • DeBuck’s Sod Farm, Inc., of Davison, as a verified farm in the Farmstead System.
  • Prairie View Farms, of Flushing, as a verified farm in the Farmstead System.
  • Engle Ridge Farm, of Williamsburg, as a verified farm in the Farmstead and Cropping Systems.
  • Wunsch Farm, of Traverse City, as a verified farm in the Farmstead and Cropping Systems.
  • Jerry Grigar Farm, of Ithaca, as a verified farm in the Cropping System.
  • Wiles Farm, of Middleton, as a verified farm in the Farmstead and Cropping Systems.
  • Maplehurst Farms, of Bay Port, as a verified farm in the Cropping System.
  • Rice Farms, of Kinde, as a verified farm in the Cropping System.
  • Huron Pork LLC Unit 1, of Sebewaing, as a verified farm in the Livestock System.
  • Huron Pork LLC Unit 2, of Pigeon, as a verified farm in the Livestock System.
  • Huron Pork LLC Unit 4, of Owendale, as a verified farm in the Farmstead and Livestock Systems.
  • Huron Pork LLC Unit 5, of Filion, as a verified farm in the Farmstead and Livestock Systems.
  • Jackson Farms, LLC, of Leslie, as a verified farm in the Farmstead and Cropping Systems.
  • MSU - Dairy Teaching and Research Center, of Lansing, as a verified farm in the Farmstead and Livestock Systems.
  • MSU - Beaumont Nursery, of Lansing, as a verified farm in the Farmstead and Cropping Systems.
  • MSU - Department of Entomology Farm, of East Lansing, as a verified farm in the Farmstead System.
  • MSU - Department of Forestery, Tree Research Center, of Lansing, as a verified farm in the Farmstead and Cropping Systems.
  • MSU - Dept. of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences - Mason Farm, of Mason, as a verified farm in the Farmstead System.
  • L.C. Farms, of Lake Odessa, as a verified farm in the Farmstead and Cropping Systems.
  • Areklet Farm, of Pentwater, as a verified farm in the Farmstead and Cropping Systems.
  • Orchard Market, of Free Soil, as a verified farm in the Farmstead and Cropping Systems.
  • Dan Wolf Farm, of Custer, as a verified farm in the Farmstead System.
  • Maple Crest Farms, LLC, of Blanchard, as a verified farm in the Livestock and Cropping Systems.
  • Maple Leaf Farm, of Falmouth, as a verified farm in the Farmstead, Livestock and Cropping Systems.
  • Hopkins Creek Donkey Farm, of Manton, as a verified farm in the Farmstead and Livestock Systems.
  • Darling Farms, of Willis, as a verified farm in the Farmstead System.
  • Lost Lake Lodge, of Lupton, as a verified farm in the Farmstead and Livestock Systems.
  • Wicke Crates & Produce, of Evart, as a verified farm in the Farmstead and Livestock Greenhouse Systems.
  • Holbrook Hop Yard, of Ubly, as a verified farm in the Farmstead, Livestock and Cropping Systems.
  • Thomas McWilliams Farm, of Port Sanilac, as a verified farm in the Livestock System.
  • Nagelkirk Farm, of Applegate, as a verified farm in the Farmstead System.
  • Hawkins Milliman Farm, of Sturgis, as a verified farm in the Cropping System.
  • 8th Avenue Farm, of South Haven, as a verified farm in the Cropping System.
  • Mill Creek Blueberry Farm, Inc., of Watervliet, as a verified farm in the Farmstead and Cropping Systems.
  • Pine Lane Berry Farms, LLC, of South Haven, as a verified farm in the Cropping System.
  • Hunter Family Farm, of Mattawan, as a verified farm in the Farmstead 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 2,500 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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