MAEAP Verifies 129 Farms in September

posted on October 28, 2013 10:04am

The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development’s (MDARD) Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program (MAEAP) is recognizing 129 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:

  • Crazy Lady Farm of Spruce, as a verified farm in the Farmstead System.
  • Superior Central Schools The Hoop House of Eben Junction, as a verified farm in the Cropping System.
  • Oak Grove Farm, of Holland, as a verified farm in the Cropping and Livestock Systems.
  • Village Central / Sandy Ridge Farms- Dykhuis Farms, Inc., of Holland, as a verified farm in the Cropping and Livestock Systems.
  • Rachel’s Farm, of Hamilton, as a verified farm in the Cropping System.
  • Joe’s Farm, of Holland, as a verified farm in the Cropping System.
  • J & J Russcher Properties, LLC, of Zeeland, as a verified farm in the Farmstead and Livestock Systems.
  • Clearview - Dykhuis Farms, Inc., of Holland, as a verified farm in the Cropping System.
  • Trestle Town Turkeys, Inc., of Hamilton, as a verified farm in the Farmstead and Livestock Systems.
  • Rocky Top Farms, of Ellsworth, as a verified farm in the Farmstead and Cropping Systems.
  • Rocky Top Farms (Site 2), of Ellsworth, as a verified farm in the Farmstead and Cropping Systems.
  • Hub Farms of Nashville, as a verified farm in the Cropping System.
  • Harry Gaiser Farm, of Bay City, as a verified farm in the Cropping System.
  • VanDriessche Farms, Inc., of Bay City, as a verified farm in the Farmstead and Cropping Systems.
  • Williams Farms of Marshall, as a verified farm in the Farmstead and Cropping Systems.
  • Beishlag Farms of East Jordan, as a verified farm in the Livestock and Cropping Systems.
  • Whittaker Farm, of Wolverine, as a verified farm in the Farmstead and Cropping Systems.
  • Fizner Farms, of Wolverine, as a verified farm in the Farmstead, Cropping, and Livestock Systems.
  • LaPeer’s Farm, of Afton, as a verified farm in the Farmstead, Cropping, and Livestock Systems.
  • Waishkey Bay Farm (Bay Mills Community College) of Brimley, as a verified farm in the Farmstead, Cropping, and Livestock Systems.
  • J/C Simmentals Farm of Clare, as a verified farm in the Farmstead, Livestock, and Cropping Systems.
  • Joe Woodruff Farm, of St. Johns, as a verified farm in the Cropping System.
  • Rose Lake Plant Material Center, of East Lansing, as a verified farm in the Farmstead and Cropping for Greenhouses Systems as well as the Cropping System for field crops.
  • B & H Berryland, of Eaton Rapids, as a verified farm in the Farmstead and Cropping Systems.
  • Jones Farm, of Charlotte, as a verified farm in the Farmstead and Cropping Systems.
  • Bliss Garden Farms & Community Kitchen of Cross Villiage, as a verified farm in the Farmstead and Cropping Systems.
  • Malone Family Farm of Gaines, as a verified farm in the Farmstead and Cropping Systems.
  • Schichtel Nursery and Vineyard (Fox Rd Farm), of Buckley, as a verified farm in the Farmstead, Cropping, and Livestock Systems.
  • Warren Orchards, of Traverse City, as a verified farm in the Farmstead and Cropping Systems.
  • Miller Family Farm, of Elsie, as a verified farm in the Cropping and Farmstead Systems.
  • Four D Farms,LLC., of Carson City, as a verified farm in the Farmstead and Livestock Systems.
  • Maple Shade Farm, of Perrinton, as a verified farm in the Farmstead and Livestock Systems.
  • Kies Farm, LLC, of Allen, as a verified farm in the Cropping System.
  • M & M Farms, of Camden, as a verified farm in the Cropping System.
  • Peyerk Brothers Dairy, of Harbor Beach, as a verified farm in the Livestock and Farmstead Systems.
  • Ked Miller Farm, LLC, of Bad Axe, as a verified farm in the Cropping System.
  • Dan Ritter Farms, of Elkton, as a verified farm in the Farmstead System.
  • Klama Farm, of Ruth, as a verified farm in the Cropping System.
  • Larry Roggenbuck Farm, of Harbor Beach, as a verified farm in the Cropping System.
  • W.A. Herford and Sons, Inc., of Elkton, as a verified farm in the Livestock and Farmstead Systems.
  • KLS Farm, LLC, of Pigeon, as a verified farm in the Farmstead System.
  • Happy Goats Lucky Ewe Fiber Farm, of Mason, as a verified farm in the Cropping and Livestock Systems.
  • Ehrhardt Farm, of Eaton Rapids, as a verified farm in the Livestock System.
  • Columbia-Home Farm, of Mason, as a verified farm in the Farmstead System.
  • Willowcreek Farm, of Webberville, as a verified farm in the Livestock System.
  • Circle K Family Farms of Hubbardston, as a verified farm in the Farmstead and Livestock Systems.
  • Arnett Farms, of Shepard, as a verified farm in the Farmstead and Cropping Systems.
  • Judge Dairy Farm, Inc., of Shepard, as a verified farm in the Livestock System.
  • J Bar J Ranch, Inc., of Clare, as a verified farm in the Farmstead System.
  • Ken Wawersik Farm, of Shepard, as a verified farm in the Cropping System.
  • Dale Wawersik Farm, of Nottawa, as a verified farm in the Cropping System.
  • Lutchka Angus & Farm Market of Grass Lake, as a verified farm in the Livestock and Cropping Systems.
  • Romence Gardens, of Grand Rapids, as a verified farm in the Greenhouse Farmstead and Cropping Systems.
  • Via Verde Farm, of Ada, as a verified farm in the Farmstead and Livestock Systems.
  • Maple Hill Farms, of Reed City, as a verified farm in the Farmstead and Cropping Systems.
  • Sovereignty Farm, of Baldwin, as a verified farm in the Farmstead System.
  • La Casa Verde, of Cedar, as a verified farm in the Farmstead, Cropping, and Livestock Systems.
  • Chateau de Leelanau, of Suttons Bay, as a verified farm in the Farmstead and Cropping Systems.
  • Iott Farms, Inc., of Deerfield, as a verified farm in the Farmstead System.
  • Green Hills Farms, of Onsted, as a verified farm in the Livestock System.
  • Carpenter Farms, of Adrian, as a verified farm in the Farmstead, Cropping, and Livestock Systems.
  • Jon Ott Farm of Fowlerville, as a verified farm in the Farmstead and Cropping Systems.
  • Bare Root Farm, of Brethren, as a verified farm in the Farmstead and Cropping Systems.
  • Potter Road Farm, of Bear Lake, as a verified farm in the Farmstead and Cropping Systems.
  • Grossnickle Farms, LLC, of Kaleva, as a verified farm in the Farmstead System.
  • Stakenas Farms, Inc., of Freesoil, as a verified farm in the Cropping System.
  • OHH Pork LLC, of Custe, as a verified farm in the Livestock System.
  • Sauble River Tree Farm, of Freesoil, as a verified farm in the Farmstead and Cropping Systems.
  • Conklin Farms, of Freesoil, as a verified farm in the Farmstead and Cropping Systems.
  • Conklin Farms (2nd Location), of Freesoil, as a verified farm in the Farmstead and Cropping Systems.
  • Grabowski Farms, of Ludington, as a verified farm in the Cropping System.
  • Mark DeZeeuw Farm, Inc., of Marion, as a verified farm in the Farmstead and Cropping Systems.
  • Dutchman Tree Farms, LLC, of Manton, as a verified farm in the Cropping System.
  • Herb Smith Farm, of Temperance, as a verified farm in the Cropping System.
  • E. Mark Lange Farms, of Maybee, as a verified farm in the Cropping System.
  • Sahloff Farms, of Ottawa Lake, as a verified farm in the Farmstead and Livestock Systems.
  • Nartker Farms, of Erie, as a verified farm in the Cropping System.
  • New Beginnings Hoop House, of Hillman, as a verified farm in the Farmstead System.
  • Achatz Farm, of Hillman, as a verified farm in the Farmstead System.
  • Crockery Creek Turkey Farm Site 1, of Ravenna, as a verified farm in the Farmstead and Livestock Systems.
  • Crockery Creek Turkey Farm Site 2, of Ravenna, as a verified farm in the Farmstead and Livestock Systems.
  • Bennett Farms, Inc., of Fremont, as a verified farm in the Livestock, Cropping, and Farmstead Systems.
  • Morrison Orchards, of Fremont, as a verified farm in the Farmstead and Cropping Systems.
  • Crockery Creek Turkey Farm Site 3, of Fremont, as a verified farm in the Farmstead and Livestock Systems.
  • Crockery Creek Turkey Farm Site 4, of Holton, as a verified farm in the Farmstead and Livestock Systems.
  • Crockery Creek Turkey Farm Site 5, of Fremont, as a verified farm in the Farmstead and Livestock Systems.
  • Lemajru Dairy Farm LLC, of West Branch, as a verified farm in the Cropping and Livestock Systems.
  • Gallagher Dairy Farm, Inc., of West Branch, as a verified farm in the Farmstead, Cropping, and Livestock Systems.
  • Logan Beef Farm, of Tustin, as a verified farm in the Farmstead, Livestock, and Cropping Systems.
  • Cedar Grove Farm, of Hersey, as a verified farm in the Cropping System.
  • Jeff Fewless Farm, of Tustin, as a verified farm in the Farmstead and Livestock Systems.
  • Lee Meadow Farms, of Hersey, as a verified farm in the Farmstead, Livestock, and Cropping Systems.
  • Maple Valley Farm of Mio, as a verified farm in the Farmstead, Livestock, and Cropping Systems.
  • Sunrise Acres,Plant 1, of Hudsonville, as a verified farm in the Livestock System.
  • Sunrise Acres,Plant 2, of Hudsonville, as a verified farm in the Livestock System.
  • Sunrise Acres,Plant 3, of Hudsonville, as a verified farm in the Livestock System.
  • Precision Pork Farm, of Zeeland, as a verified farm in the Livestock System.
  • Ottawa Kent Perennial Gardens,Inc, of Marne, as a verified farm in the Farmstead and Cropping for Greenhouses and Cropping for Nurseries Systems.
  • H and H Turkey Farms, of Allendale, as a verified farm in the Farmstead and Livestock Systems.
  • Grand Valley Turkey Farm, of Allendale, as a verified farm in the Farmstead and Livestock Systems.
  • Sietsema Turkey Farms, of Allendale, as a verified farm in the Farmstead and Cropping Systems.
  • Bowermans Blueberries, of Holland, as a verified farm in the Farmstead and Cropping Systems.
  • Rauls Farm of Posen, as a verified farm in the Farmstead System.
  • Ben Ritter Farm, of Saginaw, as a verified farm in the Cropping and Farmstead Systems.
  • Golden Elm Dairy, of Frankenmuth, as a verified farm in the Farmstead System.
  • Joe Coon Farm, of Oakley, as a verified farm in the Farmstead and Cropping Systems.
  • Casassa Farms, of St. Charles, as a verified farm in the Cropping System.
  • Tom Knoerr Farm, of Saginaw, as a verified farm in the Cropping System.
  • John Sahr Farm, Saginaw, as a verified farm in the Cropping System.
  • Eager Farms, Inc. of Brown City, as a verified farm in the Cropping System.
  • Scott Miller Farm, of Elsie, as a verified farm in the Farmstead System.
  • Eicher Farm, of Lennon, as a verified farm in the Cropping System.
  • Kingsbury Farm, of Lennon, as a verified farm in the Cropping System.
  • Marty Lewis Farms, of Harbor Beach, as a verified farm in the Farmstead System.
  • Lewis Farms, of Bad Axe, as a verified farm in the Farmstead and Cropping Systems.
  • Sharkar Farm, of Elkton, as a verified farm in the Farmstead and Livestock Systems.
  • Ortner Farms, Inc., of Reese, as a verified farm in the Farmstead and Cropping Systems.
  • Zwerk & Sons Farms, Inc., of Vassar, as a verified farm in the Farmstead System.
  • Milligan Farms, LLC, of Cass City, as a verified farm in the Cropping System.
  • Steadfast Farm, LLC, of Grand Junction, as a verified farm in the Cropping System.
  • Steadfast Farm, LLC (2nd Site), of Grand Junction, as a verified farm in the Farmstead and Cropping Systems.
  • D & B Farms, Inc., of South Haven, as a verified farm in the Farmstead and Cropping Systems.
  • Jones Farm, of Paw Paw, as a verified farm in the Farmstead and Cropping Systems.
  • Matthew & Creela Hamlin Farm, of Bangor, as a verified farm in the Farmstead and Cropping Systems.
  • R.N.S. Blueberries, LLC, of Bangor, as a verified farm in the Cropping System.
  • White Lotus Farms, Inc., of Ann Arbor, as a verified farm in the Livestock, Cropping, and Farmstead Systems.
  • Paul Marion Farm, of Saline, as a verified farm in the Farmstead and Livestock Systems.
  • Adams Farm, of Saline, as a verified farm in the Farmstead and Cropping Systems.
  • TGIA Farms, of Redford, as a verified farm in the Farmstead and Livestock 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)284-5608.

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