MAEAP Verifies Thirty-Five Farms in August

posted on September 27, 2012 2:42pm

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

  • Pork Chop Hills Farm, of Reading, as a verified farm in the Cropping and Livestock Systems.
  • Judge Dairy Farm, Inc., of Shepard, as a verified farm in the Farmstead System.
  • Coville Cattle, of Vicksburg, as a verified farm in the Farmstead System.
  • Ira Krupp Farm, of Vicksburg, as a verified farm in the Farmstead and Cropping Systems.
  • Yoder Farm, of Stanwood, as a verified farm in the Cropping System
  • Sutherland Farm, of Fenwick, as a verified farm in the Cropping System.
  • Stratton Farms, of Edmore, as a verified farm in the Farmstead and Cropping Systems.
  • Peacock Road Tree Farm, of Laingsburg, as a verified farm in the Livestock, Cropping, and Farmstead Systems.
  • Bratschi Orchards, of Williamsburg, as a verified farm in the Cropping and Farmstead Systems.
  • Windswept Farms, LLC, of Hopkins, as a verified farm in the Livestock, Cropping, and Farmstead Systems
  • Robert Kernstock Farm, of Auburn, as a verified farm in the Farmstead System.
  • Mischel’s Greenhouses, of Williamsburg, as a verified farm in the Cropping and Farmstead Systems.
  • Marsh Farms, of Quincy, as a verified farm in the Cropping, Livestock, and Farmstead Systems.
  • Larry David Farm, of Mason, as a verified farm in the Livestock, Cropping, and Farmstead Systems.
  • Pickett Angus Farm, of Jackson, as a verified farm in the Livestock, Cropping, and Farmstead Systems.
  • Green Hills Farms, of Onsted, as a verified farm in the Cropping and Farmstead Systems.
  • Chambers Farm, of Monroe, as a verified farm in the Livestock and Cropping Systems.
  • Vanderwal Acres, of Lake City, as a verified farm in the Livestock System.
  • Krepps Farm, of Ravenna, as a verified farm in the Farmstead, Livestock, and Cropping Systems.
  • Kantola Farms, of Ravenna, as a verified farm in the Farmstead and Cropping Systems.
  • Trowhill Farms, of Palms, as a verified farm in the Cropping System.
  • Sand Bar Farms, of Manton, as a verified farm in the Farmstead System.
  • Kratz Farms, LLC, of Caro, as a verified farm in the Farmstead, Livestock, and Cropping Systems.
  • Seidler Farms, of Kingston, as a verified farm in the Cropping System.
  • Weiss Centennial Farm, of Frankenmuth, as a verified farm in the Cropping System.
  • T.M. Klein & Sons, Inc., of St. Charles, as a verified farm in the Farmstead System.
  • Arndt Miss Bee Haven, of Frankenmuth, as a verified farm in the Farmstead System.
  • Flying M Ranch, of Tustin, as a verified farm in the Farmstead and Livestock Systems.
  • Mustang Country Ranch LLC, of Leland, as a verified farm in the Farmstead and Livestock Systems.
  • Whetstone Creek Farms, of Evart, as a verified farm in the Farmstead, Cropping, and Livestock Systems.
  • Bluhm’s Beef Farm, of Reed City, as a verified farm in the Farmstead, Cropping, and Livestock Systems.
  • Schooley Farms, LLC, of Reed City, as a verified farm in the Cropping System.
  • Schaper Farms, of Pigeon, as a verified farm in the Livestock and Cropping Systems.
  • Wil-Le Farms, of Bad Axe, as a verified farm in the Farmstead System.
  • Benny Beachy Hog Farm, of Bay Port, as a verified farm in the Livestock 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 more than 1,100 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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