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MAEAP Verifies 35 Farms in May

posted on July 11, 2017 9:50am

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MAEAP Verifies 35 Farms in May 

 

The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development’s (MDARD) Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program (MAEAP) is recognizing 35 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:

  • Back 40 Farm, of Hubbard Lake, as a verified farm in Farmstead, Cropping, and Forest, Wetlands, and Habitat Systems
  • Wandering Winds Farm, of Spruce, as a verified farm in Farmstead and Copping Systems
  • Case Country Farm of Chatham, as a verified farm in Farmstead, Cropping, and Livestock Systems
  • Wolf Creek Acres, of Hubbard Lake, as a verified farm in Farmstead, Cropping, and Livestock Systems
  • Waterfire Vineyards and Winery, of Kewadin, as a verified farm in Farmstead and Cropping Systems
  • R&B Miller Farms, Inc., of Coloma, as a verified farm in the Cropping System
  • White Tail Acres, of Edwardsburg, as a verified farm in Farmstead, Cropping and Livestock Systems
  • James E. Green Farm, of Vandalia, as a verified farm in Farmstead and Cropping Systems
  • Pat Stevens Farm, of Cassopolis, as a verified farm in Farmstead System
  • Thomas Bennett Farms, of Edwardsburg, as a verified farm in Farmstead, Cropping, and Livestock Systems
  • Stutsman Farm, of Edwardsburg, as a verified farm in the Farmstead System
  • Maple Row Sugar House, of Jones, as a verified farm in the Farmstead System
  • Ford Gladwin Forest, of Gladwin, as a verified farm in Forest, Wetlands, and Habitat System
  • Double Quad Farms, LLC, of Ithaca, as a verified farm in Farmstead and Livestock Systems
  • Double Quad Farms, LLC, of Wheeler, as a verified farm in Farmstead and Livestock Systems
  • Crumbaugh Farms Partnership, of Wheeler, as a verified farm in Cropping System
  • Hallstedt Homestead Cherries, of Northport, as a verified farm in Farmstead and Cropping Systems
  • Goike’s Garden’s Greenhouse of Bruce Township, as a verified farm in Farmstead and Cropping Systems
  • Grabowski Farms, of Ludington, as a verified farm in Farmstead and Cropping Systems
  • Melvin Mulder Farm, of McBain, as a verified farm in Farmstead, Cropping and Livestock Systems
  • Wahl Ranch, of Ottawa Lake, as a verified farm in Farmstead and Livestock Systems
  • Goetz Greenhouse and Family Farm, of Riga, as a verified farm in the Livestock System
  • Jerry Schaner Farm, of Hart, as a verified farm in Farmstead and Cropping Systems
  • Vinke’s Farms, of Shelby, as a verified farm in Cropping System
  • Bluhm’s Beef Farm, of Reed City, as a verified farm in Farmstead, Cropping, and Livestock Systems
  • Ford Home Forest, of Hersey, as verified in Forest, Wetlands, and Habitat
  • Ford LeRoy Forest, of LeRoy, as verified in Forest, Wetlands, and Habitat
  • Ford Highland Forest, of Marion, as verified in Forest, Wetlands, and Habitat
  • Ford Evart Forest,  of Evart, as verified in Forest, Wetlands, and Habitat
  • Equus Unlimited, LLC, of Houghton Lake, as a verified farm in Farmstead, Cropping, and Livestock Systems
  • Porath Farm, of Houghton Lake, as a verified farm in Farmstead, Cropping, and Livestock Systems
  • Elk River Hops, of Carsonville, as a verified farm in Farming and Cropping Systems
  • Corey Lake Orchards, of Three Rivers, as a verified farm in Farming and Cropping Systems
  • Slow Farm, of Ann Arbor, as a verified farm in the Cropping System
  • Brown Farms, of Clinton, as a verified farm in Farmstead and Cropping Systems

 

 “By taking the steps necessary to become an environmentally verified operation, these 35 farms have contributed to the assurance of sustainable farming practices,” said MDARD Director Jamie Clover Adams. “Michigan is leading the national agriculture community in effective stewardship practices with the voluntary, incentive-based MAEAP program. The continued success of the program demonstrates that environmental sustainability and economic development are not mutually exclusive.”

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 4,000 verifications 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 an MAEAP verified farm, inspections must be conducted every five 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 Four systems designed to help producers evaluate the environmental risks of their operation. Each system – Livestock, Farmstead, Cropping, and Forest, Wetlands and Habitat – examines a different aspect of a farm, as each has a different environmental impact. By participating in all four 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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