MAEAP Verified Twenty-Eight Farms in July

posted on August 15, 2013 11:07am

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

  • Powers Family Farm, of Fennville, as a verified farm in the Farmstead, Livestock, and Cropping Systems.
  • Bliek Farms, of Hopkins, as a verified farm in the Farmstead, Livestock, and Cropping Systems.
  • Main Plant-Blue Star Farms, Inc., of Fennville, Farms as a verified farm in the Cropping System.
  • O’Brien’s Farm-Blue Star Farms, Inc., of Fennville, Farms as a verified farm in the Farmstead System.
  • 118th South Farm-Blue Star Farms, Inc., of Fennville, as a verified farm in the Cropping System.
  • 2 Lads Winery, of Traverse City, as a verified farm in the Farmstead and Cropping Systems.
  • G & L Waldron Farms, LLC, of Sumner, as a verified farm in the Cropping System.
  • Walnut Grove Farm, of Filion, as a verified farm in the Cropping System.
  • Sandborn Farm, of Portland, as a verified farm in the Farmstead and Cropping Systems.
  • Clare Limerick Alpaca and Produce Ranch, of Jackson, as a verified farm in the Farmstead, Livestock, and Cropping Systems.
  • Zoetis (Formerly Pfizer Animal Health), of Richland, as a verified farm in the Livestock and Cropping Systems.
  • Riveridge Land Company, of Sparta, as a verified farm in the Cropping and Farmstead Systems.
  • Tagsold Homestead, of Riga, as a verified farm in the Cropping System.
  • Garrison Farms, of Adrian, as a verified farm in the Farmstead and Cropping Systems.
  • 3rd Day Farm, of Lake City, as a verified farm in the Farmstead, Cropping, and Livestock Systems.
  • Friends Farm - Friends Ministry, of Lake City, as a verified farm in the Farmstead, Cropping, and Livestock Systems.
  • Phil Carter Farm, of Shelby, as a verified farm in the Farmstead and Cropping Systems.
  • Tate Bros Farms, Inc., of Hart, as a verified farm in the Farmstead and Cropping Systems.
  • Joe Kautz Farm, of Croswell, as a verified farm in the Cropping and Farmstead System.
  • J-Shinn Farm, of Croswell, as a verified farm in the Cropping System.
  • Domagalski Farm, of Columbus, as a verified farm in the Cropping and Farmstead System.
  • C & G Farms, of North Street, as a verified farm in the Cropping System.
  • Lewis Farms, of North Street, as a verified farm in the Cropping System.
  • Cronenwett Farms, of Lawton, as a verified farm in the Farmstead System.
  • Covert Farm-Blue Star Farms, Inc., of Watervliet, as a verified farm in the Farmstead System.
  • Mike Detoy Farm, of Garden City, as a verified farm in the Livestock and Farmstead Systems.
  • Zeilinger Farm, of Garden City, as a verified farm in the Livestock and Farmstead Systems.
  • Felsk Family Farm, of Cadillac, 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 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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