MAEAP verified 76 farms in September

posted on November 6, 2014 10:08am

The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development’s (MDARD) Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program (MAEAP) is recognizing 76 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:

  • Connell Farm, of Allegan, as a verified farm in the Livestock, Cropping and Farmstead Systems.
  • Youngs Farm, of Grand Junction, as a verified farm in the Farmstead and Cropping Systems.
  • Veld Home Farm, of Wayland, as a verified farm in the Farmstead and Livestock Systems.
  • MSU-Trevor Nichols Research Center, of Fennville, as a verified farm in the Cropping System.
  • Grace Acres, of Alpena, as a verified farm in the Cropping and Farmstead Systems.
  • Spit In the Wind Farm, of Alpena, as a verified farm in the Farmstead, Livestock and Cropping Systems.
  • Bargy Farms, of Kewadin, as a verified farm in the Livestock, Cropping and Farmstead Systems.
  • Shooks Farms Company,LLC, of Central Lake, as a verified farm in the Livestock, Cropping and Farmstead Systems.
  • Cole Farm, of Mancelona, as a verified farm in the Cropping System.
  • Hollywood Farm, of Berrien Springs, as a verified farm in the Farmstead and Cropping Systems.
  • Kuehl Farm, of Coloma, as a verified farm in the Cropping System.
  • Dave and Sandi Schutze, of Niles, as a verified farm in the Farmstead and Cropping Systems.
  • Clover Farms, of Bronson, as a verified farm in the Cropping and Farmstead Systems.
  • Double Eagle Farms, of Marshall, as a verified farm in the Cropping and Farmstead Systems.
  • Bishop Farms, of Edwardsburg, as a verified farm in the Farmstead System.
  • Jon First Farm, of Dowagiac, as a verified farm in the Farmstead and Cropping Systems.
  • Jon Fist Farm Greenhouse, of Dowagiac, as a verified farm in the Cropping and Farmstead System.
  • Wind Hill Farm, of Boyne City, as a verified farm in the Farmstead, Cropping and Livestock Systems.
  • Lazy K Ranch, of Rudyard, as a verified farm in the Livestock, Farmstead and Cropping Systems.
  • Razzberry Creek Farm, of Gladwin, as a verified farm in the Farmstead, Cropping and Livestock Systems.
  • Weinzweig Farms, LLC., of DeWitt, as a verified farm in the Farmstead, Cropping and Livestock Systems.
  • Tirrell Centennial Farm, of Charlotte, as a verified farm in the Farmstead, Cropping and Livestock Systems.
  • David Kroupa Farms, of Traverse City, as a verified farm in the Farmstead and Cropping Systems.
  • Manigold Farms, of Traverse City, as a verified farm in the Farmstead and Cropping Systems.
  • Brown Farms, of Wheeler, as a verified farm in the Cropping System.
  • Long Farms, of Bad Axe, as a verified farm in the Farmstead and Cropping Systems.
  • Reibling Farms, of Elkton, as a verified farm in the Farmstead System.
  • MSU - Hancock Turf Center, of East Lansing, as a verified farm in the Cropping and Farmstead Systems.
  • MSU - Poultry Research & Training Facility, of Lansing, as a verified farm in the Livestock and Farmstead Systems.
  • MSU - Plant Pathology Farm (Plant Soil and Microbial Sciences), of Lansing, as a verified farm in the Farmstead System.
  • American Delicacy Farm, LLC, of Charlotte, as a verified farm in the Cropping and Farmstead Systems.
  • MSU - Sheep Teaching & Research Center, of Okemos, as a verified farm in the Livestock and Farmstead Systems.
  • MSU - Dept. of Plant Soils and Microbial Sciences, Agronomy Farm, of Lansing, as a verified farm in the Farmstead System.
  • MSU - Horse Teaching and Research Center, of Lansing, as a verified farm in the Livestock and Farmstead Systems.
  • MSU - Veterinary Research Farm, of Okemos, as a verified farm in the Livestock and Farmstead Systems.
  • R & B Farm, of Hubberston, as a verified farm in the Cropping System.
  • Jerrad Higgins Farm, of Saranac, as a verified farm in the Livestock, Farmstead and Cropping Systems.
  • Nickle Hill Farms, of Ionia, as a verified farm in the Cropping and Livestock Systems.
  • Swetz Farms, of Mt. Pleasant, as a verified farm in the Farmstead and Cropping Systems.
  • Arnett Farms, of Shepherd, as a verified farm in the Farmstead and Livestock Systems.
  • Weinberg Farm, of Scotts, as a verified farm in the Cropping System.
  • Louis Martus Farm of Brown City, as a verified farm in the Farmstead, Cropping and Farmstead Systems.
  • Shady Addy, of Riga, as a verified farm in the Farmstead, Livestock and Cropping Systems.
  • Shanks Farm, of Onsted, as a verified farm in the Farmstead, Livestock and Cropping Systems.
  • Hidden Creek Farms, LLC., of Paris, as a verified farm in the Livestock and Cropping Systems.
  • Johnson Farms LLC., of Daggett, as a verified farm in the Farmstead, Livestock and Cropping Systems.
  • Getz Milk Dairy, LLC., of Wilson, as a verified farm in the Farmstead, Livestock and Cropping Systems.
  • Ray Swan Farm, of Erie, as a verified farm in the Farmstead and Cropping Systems.
  • Arbogast Farms, of Howard City, as a verified farm in the Cropping System.
  • Ka-Jen Acres, of Belding, as a verified farm in the Farmstead, Livestock and Cropping Systems.
  • Laketon Orchards, LLC, of Casnovia, as a verified farm in the Cropping System.
  • Crowley Farms, LLC, of Ravenna, as a verified farm in the Farmstead and Cropping Systems.
  • Powell Hop Farms, of Leonard, as a verified farm in the Farmstead and Cropping Systems.
  • Lound and Lound, of Shelby, as a verified farm in the Cropping and Farmstead Systems.
  • Earl L. Peterson, of Shelby, as a verified farm in the Cropping and Farmstead Systems
  • Fuehring Farms, of Mears, as a verified farm in the Cropping System.
  • David Ramthun Farm, of New Era, as a verified farm in the Cropping and Farmstead System.
  • John R. Williams Farm, of Hart, as a verified farm in the Cropping System.
  • Mitchell Farm, of Tustin, as a verified farm in the Farmstead, Cropping and Livestock Systems.
  • Jeff Fewless Farm, of Tustin, as a verified farm in the Cropping System.
  • Leo Dietrich & Sons, LLC, of Conklin, as a verified farm in the Farmstead and Cropping Systems.
  • Driscoll Blueberries, LLC, of Holland, as a verified farm in the Farmstead and Cropping Systems.
  • West Michigan Agricultural Education Center, of Coopersville, as a verified farm in the Cropping System.
  • Connemara Farm, of Hawks, as a verified farm in the Farmstead and Cropping Systems.
  • Greg Mahoney Farm, of St. Charles, as a verified farm in the Farmstead System.
  • Saginaw Valley State University Greenhouses, of Saginaw, as a verified farm in the Farmstead and Cropping Systems.
  • Vyskocil Farm, of New Lothrop, as a verified farm in the Cropping and Farmstead Systems.
  • Nethaway Farms, of Ovid, as a verified farm in the Cropping and Farmstead Systems.
  • Zmitko Farms, of Owosso, as a verified farm in the Cropping System.
  • Zmitko Farms (Site 2), of Owosso, as a verified farm in the Cropping System.
  • Tom Hess Farm, of Vassar, as a verified farm in the Cropping System.
  • Frego Farms, of Paw Paw, as a verified farm in the Cropping and Farmstead Systems.
  • M.B.M. Blueberry Farms, LLC, of South Haven, as a verified farm in the Cropping and Farmstead Systems.
  • Gene Sahr Farm, of Paw Paw, as a verified farm in the Cropping System.
  • Shanahan Farms, of Gregory, as a verified farm in the Cropping System.
  • Alan’s Hops, of Bellville, 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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