MAEAP verified 28 farms in February

posted on April 3, 2015 4:15pm

The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development’s (MDARD) Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program (MAEAP) is recognizing 28 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:

  • Allan K Shaw Inc., of Marlette, as a verified farm in the Farmstead and Cropping Systems.
  • Battel Sugar Bush, of Cass City, as a verified farm in the Livestock and Farmstead Systems.
  • Bevens Acres, of Caro, as a verified farm in the Farmstead and Cropping Systems.
  • Bill Hoffman Farm, of Traverse City, as a verified farm in the Farmstead and Cropping Systems.
  • Calder Farms, of Carleton, as a verified farm in the Cropping System.
  • Clark Farm, of Burr Oak, as a verified farm in the Livestock, Farmstead and Cropping Systems.
  • D.L. Thomas Farm, of Covert, as a verified farm in the Cropping System.
  • D & J Taylor Farm, Inc., of Blissfield, as a verified farm in the Cropping System.
  • Fisher Tradition Farms, Inc., of Breckenridge, as a verified farm in the Cropping System.
  • Fox and Grapes Vineyard, of Suttons Bay, as a verified farm in the Farmstead and Cropping Systems.
  • Gro-Green Farms, of Owendale, as a verified farm in the Cropping System.
  • Hidden Savanna Nursery, of Kalamazoo, as a verified farm in the Greenhouse Farmstead and Greenhouse Cropping Systems.
  • Johnson Farms, of Traverse City, as a verified farm in the Farmstead and Cropping Systems.
  • Mark Santucci Farm, of Traverse City, as a verified farm in the Farmstead and Cropping Systems.
  • Michigan Bee Co., of Kent City, as a verified farm in the Farmstead System.
  • MSU Hidden Lake Gardens, of Tipton, as a verified farm in the Greenhouse Farmstead and Greenhouse Cropping Systems.
  • MSU Northwest Michigan Horticultural Research Station, of Traverse City, as a verified farm in the Farmstead System.
  • Muvrin Farms, of Paw Paw, as a verified farm in the Farmstead and Cropping Systems.
  • Myers Farm, of Waldron, as a verified farm in the Cropping System.
  • Nate Gust Farm, of Ottawa Lake, as a verified farm in the Cropping System.
  • Ochs Orchard, of Traverse City, as a verified farm in the Farmstead and Cropping Systems.
  • Orchard View Farms, of Williamsburg, as a verified farm in the Farmstead and Cropping Systems.
  • R. L. Goetz Enterprises, Inc., of Blissfield, as a verified farm in the Cropping System.
  • Renner’s Corner Farm, of Manchester, as a verified farm in the Cropping System.
  • Runge Farms LLC, of Lake Leelanau, as a verified farm in the Farmstead and Cropping Systems.
  • Sharrard Farms, LLC, of Peck, as a verified farm in the Livestock, Farmstead and Cropping Systems.
  • Tait Farms Incorporated, of Caseville, as a verified farm in the Cropping System.
  • Wiley Farm, of Schoolcraft, 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 2,500 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 Joe Kelpinski, MDARD’s MAEAP Program Manager, at (517)284-5608.

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