MAEAP Verified Thirty-Three Farms in June

posted on July 22, 2013 9:38am

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

  • West Michigan Hops Farm, LLC, of Holland, as a verified farm in the Farmstead and Cropping Systems.
  • Timmer Family Farm, of Holland, as a verified farm in the Farmstead and Cropping Systems.
  • Fillmore Flex – Dykhuis, of Holland, Farms as a verified farm in the Livestock and Cropping Systems.
  • Highway Hogs – Dykhuis, of Holland, Farms as a verified farm in the Cropping System.
  • Maple Corner – Dykhuis, of Holland, Farms as a verified farm in the Cropping System.
  • Ehinger Farm, of Holland, as a verified farm in the Livestock and Cropping Systems.
  • The May Farm, of Frankfort, as a verified farm in the Livestock and Farmstead Systems.
  • Evans Brothers Fruit Company, of Frankfort, as a verified farm in the Cropping and Farmstead Systems.
  • Leaning Shed Farm, of Berrien Springs, as a verified farm in the Cropping System.
  • Sand Land Farms, of Baroda, as a verified farm in the Cropping System.
  • Gene Demorrow Farm, of St. Joseph, as a verified farm in the Cropping System.
  • Allyn Cooper Farm, of Berrien Springs, as a verified farm in the Cropping System.
  • Butlerbilt Farms, of Climax, as a verified farm in the Farmstead and Cropping Systems.
  • Sleeping Bear Winery, of Albion, as a verified farm in the Farmstead and Cropping Systems.
  • Cherry Creek Cellars, of Albion, as a verified farm in the Farmstead and Cropping Systems.
  • Cary Pioneer Farms, of Alma, as a verified farm in the Livestock, Cropping and Farmstead Systems.
  • Bleich Dairy, of Hudson, as a verified farm in the Livestock and Cropping Systems.
  • Glei’s Incorporated Orchards & Greenhouses, of Hillsdale, as a verified farm in the Farmstead and Cropping (Greenhouse) Systems.
  • Westacres, of Jonesville, as a verified farm in the Farmstead and Cropping Systems.
  • Ehrhardt Farm, of Eaton Rapids, as a verified farm in the Cropping System.
  • Batteese Creek Farm, of Stockbridge, as a verified farm in the Livestock System.
  • Tubergen Dairy Farm LLC, of Ionia, as a verified farm in the Livestock System.
  • Great Lakes Greenhouses, Pure Meadow Farms, of Kalamazoo, as a verified farm in the Greenhouse Farmstead and Cropping Systems as well as the Livestock System.
  • Dancing Rabbit, LLC, of Maple City, as a verified farm in the Farmstead and Cropping Systems.
  • Campobello Farm, of Maple City, as a verified farm in the Farmstead and Cropping Systems.
  • R & J Bush Farms, of Shelby, as a verified farm in the Farmstead System.
  • Patrick Kailing Farm, of Reed City, as a verified farm in the Farmstead and Cropping Systems.
  • Hilltop Farms, of Hersey, as a verified farm in the Livestock and Cropping Systems.
  • Goma Dairy Farm, of Marlette, as a verified farm in the Farmstead System.
  • Stoutenburg Farms, of Sandusky, as a verified farm in the Livestock System.
  • Dyer Family Farm, LLC, of Ann Arbor, as a verified farm in the Cropping and Farmstead Systems.
  • Corbin Bechtel Farms, of Cadillac, as a verified farm in the Livestock and Farmstead Systems.
  • Bechtel Farms, of Cadillac, 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 more than 1,500 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 517-241-4730.

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