MAEAP verified 59 farms in August

posted on August 30, 2014 8:55am

The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development’s (MDARD) Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program (MAEAP) is recognizing 59 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:

  • Appletree Cattle Farm, of Glennie,, as a verified farm in the Farmstead, Livestock and Cropping Systems.
  • Poll Farms Inc., of Hamilton, as a verified farm in the Livestock, Cropping and Farmstead Systems.
  • Jenna’s - Dykhuis Farms, of Hamilton, as a verified farm in the Cropping System.
  • Flat Valley - Dykhuis Farms, of Hamilton, as a verified farm in the Cropping System.
  • Creek Bend – Dykhuis, of Holland, as a verified farm in the Cropping System.
  • Tobias Farms, of Hastings, as a verified farm in the Farmstead and Cropping Systems.
  • McKeown Farms, of Middleville, as a verified farm in the Farmstead and Cropping Systems.
  • Golden Hop Farms, of Charlevoix, as a verified farm in the Cropping and Farmstead Systems.
  • Jack’s Vines and Wines, of Charlevoix, as a verified farm in the Cropping and Farmstead Systems.
  • H and D Farms, of Charlevoix, as a verified farm in the Cropping System.
  • Charlevoix Moon Vineyard, LLC, of Charlevoix, as a verified farm in the Cropping and Farmstead Systems.
  • Hanson Seed Farm, of Cornell, as a verified farm in the Livestock System.
  • Pollard Farms, of Vulcan, as a verified farm in the Farmstead, Cropping and Farmstead Systems.
  • Sturgeon River Stables, of Vulcan, as a verified farm in the Farmstead, Cropping and Livestock Systems.
  • H and D Farms, of Charlevoix, as a verified farm in the Cropping System.
  • Charlevoix Moon Vineyard, LLC, of Charlevoix, as a verified farm in the Cropping and Farmstead Systems.
  • Wagner 8th Day Vineyard, of Levering, as a verified farm in the Cropping and Farmstead Systems.
  • Riddle’s Farms, of Davison, as a verified farm in the Farmstead, Cropping and Livestock Systems.
  • Szikszay Family Farms, Inc., of Otisville, as a verified farm in the Farmstead and Cropping Systems.
  • Brewery Terra Firma, of Traverse City, as a verified farm in the Farmstead and Cropping Systems.
  • Steve Gayari Farm, of Harbor Pigeon, as a verified farm in the Cropping System.
  • Greenfield Farm, Inc., of Pigeon, as a verified farm in the Cropping System.
  • J. D. F. Farms, of Pigeon, as a verified farm in the Farmstead System.
  • S & I Inc., of Elkton, as a verified farm in the Farmstead and Cropping Systems.
  • Dale Kundinger Farm, of Owendale, as a verified farm in the Farmstead and Cropping Systems.
  • Reibling Farms, of Elkton, as a verified farm in the Cropping System.
  • Grekowicz Farms Inc., of Harbor Beach, as a verified farm in the Farmstead and Cropping Systems.
  • Sunrise Farms, of Bay Port, as a verified farm in the Farmstead, Cropping and Livestock Systems.
  • Fike Farm Corporation, of Jasper, as a verified farm in the Cropping System.
  • Jackson Family Farm, of Palmyra, as a verified farm in the Cropping System.
  • R & A Thompson Farms, of Blissfield, as a verified farm in the Cropping System.
  • Raymond and Stutzman Farm,LLC, of Morenci, as a verified farm in the Farmstead, Cropping and Livestock Systems.
  • Raymond and Stutzman Farm,LLC (Site 2), of Morenci, as a verified farm in the Farmstead System.
  • State Line Farms (Gary Gallup), of Morenci, as a verified farm in the Farmstead, Livestock and Cropping Systems.
  • Elmcrest Acres, LLC, of Daggett, as a verified farm in the Farmstead, Livestock and Cropping Systems.
  • Elmcrest Acres, LLC (Site 2), of Daggett, as a verified farm in the Cropping System.
  • Achatz Farm, of Hillman, as a verified farm in the Cropping System.
  • Baleout Ranch, of Ravenna, as a verified farm in the Farmstead, Livestock, and Cropping Systems.
  • Nyenhuis Family Farm, of Ravenna, as a verified farm in the Farmstead and Livestock Systems.
  • Morgan’s Family Farm, of Big Rapids, as a verified farm in the Farmstead and Cropping Systems.
  • Candy Cane Christmas Tree Farm, of Oxford, as a verified farm in the Farmstead and Cropping Systems.
  • Glenn Aebig Farm, of Hisperia, as a verified farm in the Cropping System.
  • Tad Aebig Farm, of Hart, as a verified farm in the Cropping System.
  • Warner Family Farms, of Grand Haven, as a verified farm in the Farmstead and Livestock Systems.
  • River Bend - Dykhuis Farms, of Zeeland, as a verified farm in the Livestock and Cropping Systems.
  • Ronald Weisenberger Farm, of New Lothrop, as a verified farm in the Farmstead and Cropping Systems.
  • Durand Farms, Inc., of Croswell, as a verified farm in the Cropping System.
  • Darla Peruski, of Port Sanilac, as a verified farm in the Farmstead and Cropping Systems.
  • Tanton Family Farms, Inc., of Deckerville, as a verified farm in the Farmstead and Cropping Systems.
  • Hajek Farms of, New Lothrop, as a verified farm in the Farmstead and Cropping Systems.
  • Hajek Farms of New Lothrop in Shiawassee County, as a verified farm in the Farmstead and Cropping Systems.
  • Bednarski Farm Inc., of Unionville, as a verified farm in the Farmstead and Cropping Systems.
  • Bierlein Farm, of Reese, as a verified farm in the Cropping System.
  • Bauer Farms, Inc, of Reese, as a verified farm in the Cropping System.
  • Lakke Ewald Farms, Inc., of Unionville, as a verified farm in the Cropping System.
  • Pike Farms, of Fairgrove, as a verified farm in the Farmstead System.
  • Ed Mantey & Sons Inc., of Fairgrove, as a verified farm in the Farmstead and Cropping Systems.
  • Ed Mantey & Sons Inc. (Site 2), of Fairgrove, as a verified farm in the Farmstead System.
  • McNeil Farms, LLC of Unionville, 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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