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MAEAP Verifies Several Local Farms
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The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development’s (MDARD) Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program (MAEAP) is recognizing several farms across Michigan for implementing appropriate pollution prevention practices.


Source: Michigan Department of Agriculture

Contact: Heather Throne at 517-373-1089

 

Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program Verifies Local Farms


The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development’s (MDARD) Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program (MAEAP) is recognizing several farms across Michigan for implementing appropriate pollution prevention practices. The program assists farmers to comply with state and federal environmental regulations and with Right to Farm practices.

“Interest in Michigan’s voluntary, proactive program for assuring effective land stewardship practices on farms is growing. I applaud Crossroads Dairy, L.L.C. for their proactive environmental steps to assure effective land stewardship practices and becoming MAEAP verified,” said MDARD Director Keith Creagh. “Michigan’s verified farms are a symbol of the commitment to our state’s long-term agriculture economic success and environmental safeguarding."

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.

The following farms have been MAEAP verified:

Cropping System:

  • AEBIG Apple, Inc.
  • Ben Grady Farm
  • Bonnell Farms
  • Darling Farm
  • Earl L. Peterson
  • Funny Farm Organic Produce and Flying Pig Prospecting
  • Gerry Hanson Farm
  • Grekowicz Farms Inc.
  • Heck Farms
  • Holdwick Farm Inc.
  • Johnson Grain Farms LLC.
  • Ken Landsburg Farm
  • Lake City Experiment Station-MSU Research Farm
  • Lewis Orchards Nature Harvest Organic Farm
  • Old Mission Fruit Co.
  • Otis Farms
  • Palm Acres LLC.
  • Robert Kernstock Farm Somerville Farms Thumb Swine Enterprise
  • Weisenberger Farms
  • Ziola Farm

Farmstead System:

  • AEBIG Apple, Inc.
  • Alan Bakker Farm
  • Aunt Bea’s Place
  • Bardenhagen Farms
  • Battel Sugar Bush
  • Becker Farms
  • Ben Grady Farm
  • Bill Hoffman Farm
  • Boughton Farms
  • Crossroads Dairy, LLC.
  • DeYoung Farm
  • Funny Farm Organic Produce and Flying Pig Prospecting
  • Holdwick Farm Inc.
  • Lake City Experiment Station-MSU Research Farm
  • Lardie Orchards Inc.
  • Lewis Orchards
  • Mark Santucci Farm
  • Nature Harvest Organic Farm
  • New Mission Organics
  • Northwest Michigan Horticultural Research Station
  • Old Mission Fruit Co.
  • Otis Farms
  • Royal Farms, Inc.
  • Windsong, of Honor

Livestock System:

  • Aunt Bea’s Place
  • Becker Farms
  • Crossroads Dairy, LLC.
  • Holdwick Farm Inc.
  • Lake City Experiment Station-MSU Research Farm

For more information, visit the MAEAP website at www.maeap.org or contact Jan Wilford, MDARD’s MAEAP Program Manager, at 517-241-4730.