MAEAP Verifies Forty-Eight Farms in April

posted on May 16, 2013 3:27pm

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

  • Friske Orchards, of Charlevoix, as a verified farm in the Farmstead and Cropping Systems.
  • Friske Orchards Farm Market, of Ellsworth, as a verified farm in the Farmstead and Cropping Systems.
  • DeJong Dairy Inc., of Hickory Corners, as a verified farm in the Livestock System.
  • Hickory Gables Dairy, of Hickory Corners, as a verified farm in the Livestock System.
  • Snyder Farm, of Arcadia, as a verified farm in the Farmstead and Cropping System.
  • Maple Ridge Orchards, of Honor, as a verified farm in the Livestock System.
  • Lehmans Orchard, LLC, of Niles, as a verified farm in the Cropping System.
  • Gatchell Farm, of Eau Claire, as a verified farm in the Cropping System.
  • K & K Farms, of Coloma, as a verified farm in the Cropping System.
  • Christy Purebred Herefords, of Union City, as a verified farm in the Livestock, Cropping, and Farmstead Systems.
  • Oak Moon Farm, of Olivet, as a verified farm in Farmstead System.
  • Shady Lodge Farm LLC, of Lansing, as a verified farm in the Farmstead and Cropping Systems.
  • S&L Honey Farm, of Flushing, as a verified farm in the Farmstead System.
  • Alexander Farm, of Gladwin, as a verified farm in the Farmstead and Cropping Systems.
  • Big B Farms Inc (Site 1), of Port Austin, as a verified farm in the Cropping System.
  • Little B Farms Inc (Site 2), of Port Austin, as a verified farm in the Cropping System.
  • R J Farms, of as a verified farm in the Cropping and Farmstead Systems.
  • KBD Farms, Inc., of Elkton, as a verified farm in the Cropping System.
  • Sting Family Organics, LLC, of Sebewaing, as a verified farm in the Cropping System.
  • Batteese Creek Farm, of Stockbridge, as a verified farm in the Farmstead System.
  • Herbruck’s Stage Road, of Ionia, as a verified farm in the Farmstead System.
  • Herbruck’s Hennery, of Ionia, as a verified farm in the Farmstead and Livestock Systems.
  • Herbruck’s Chickory, of Ionia, as a verified farm in the Farmstead and Livestock Systems.
  • Herbruck’s Poultry Ranch (3 Sites), of Saranac, as a verified farm in the Farmstead, Livestock and Cropping Systems.
  • Herbruck’s Green Meadow Organic, of Saranac, as a verified farm in the Farmstead System.
  • Serenity Farms, of Schoolcraft, as a verified farm in the Livestock, Cropping and Farmstead Systems.
  • Bellwether Gardens, of Suttons Bay, as a verified farm in the Cropping System.
  • Cherry View Farms, LLC, of Traverse City, as a verified farm in the Farmstead and Cropping Systems.
  • Cherry Bay Orchard, of Suttons Bay, as a verified farm in the Farmstead and Cropping Systems.
  • SVF Inc, of Northport, as a verified farm in the Farmstead and Cropping Systems.
  • Iott Farms, Inc., of Deerfield, as a verified farm in the Cropping System.
  • Hearty Harvest, of Remus, as a verified farm in the Greenhouse Farmstead and Greenhouse Cropping Systems.
  • Carr Farms Inc., of Lakeview, as a verified farm in the Cropping System.
  • Airport View Turkeys, of Shelby, as a verified farm in the Farmstead, Livestock and Cropping Systems.
  • Crossroads Blueberry Farm, of West Olive, as a verified farm in the Farmstead and Cropping Systems.
  • Goma Dairy Farm, of Marlette, as a verified farm in the Livestock System.
  • Blashill Farms, of Croswell, as a verified farm in the Cropping System.
  • John Gough Farms Inc, of Deckerville, as a verified farm in the Cropping System.
  • David and Mary Eickholt, of Chesaning, as a verified farm in the Farmstead and Cropping Systems.
  • Fahley Farms, of Yale, as a verified farm in the Cropping System.
  • Engelhard Family Farms, LLC, of Unionville, as a verified farm in the Farmstead and Cropping Systems.
  • Brian Schriber Farms, of Caro, as a verified farm in the Cropping System.
  • King Street Dairy Farm, of Vassar, as a verified farm in the Farmstead, Cropping and Livestock Systems.
  • Sting Organic Farms, of Unionville, as a verified farm in the Cropping System.
  • Zwerk & Sons Farms, Inc., of Vassar, as a verified farm in the Cropping System.
  • Ed Mantey & Sons Inc., of Fairgrove, as a verified farm in the Cropping System.
  • Zilke Vegetable Farm, LLC, of Milan, as a verified farm in the Farmstead and Cropping Systems.
  • DuRussels’ Potato Farms Inc., of Manchester, 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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