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MAEAP Celebrates 2,500 Verifications
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The Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program (MAEAP) celebrated 2,500 verifications today at Darling Farms in Monroe County, the farm of Michigan Farm Bureau (MFB) At-Large Director Doug Darling.
 

Source: Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program

Contact: Emily Reinart, 517-679-5337

MAEAP celebrates 2,500 verifications on Monroe County Farm


The Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program (MAEAP) celebrated 2,500 verifications today at Darling Farms in Monroe County, the farm of Michigan Farm Bureau (MFB) At-Large Director Doug Darling.

The event recognized a significant milestone on the program’s path to achieving a goal of 5,000 verifications.

“We’re participating in MAEAP because we recognize the benefit to the environment, our community and our farming operation,” said Darling, who earned verification in both cropping and farmstead systems for the 1,400-acre farm devoted to corn, soybeans and wheat. “I encourage more farms to pursue verification in MAEAP.”

MAEAP is a voluntary program developed by the agricultural community to promote efficient production while ensuring environmentally sound practices to protect natural resources. Its four systems—farmstead, cropping, livestock and forestry, wetlands and habitats—allow verification opportunities for Michigan’s diverse agricultural commodities.

MFB President Wayne H. Wood recalled the early days of MAEAP and how farmers, county Farm Bureaus and other partners came together to help start the program.

“We recognized we needed to do something,” said Wood. “We had to show consumers we are good stewards of the land and we take care of the food we grow.”

Wood also highlighted how Gov. Rick Snyder’s first legislation signed into law codified MAEAP, elevating its status and generating new interest in the program.

“I would encourage you to keep pushing,” said Wood of other farmers working toward verification. He added it’s not always easy, but well worth the efforts.

MFB has been involved with MAEAP since its inception more than 15 years ago. Signed into state statute in March 2011, MAEAP remains focused on even more widespread acceptance as it aims to reach the 5,000 verification goal by close of 2015.

Special guests at the event included Jamie Clover Adams, Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) director; Wayne H. Wood, Michigan Farm Bureau president; Jim Johnson, MDARD Environmental Stewardship Division director; Garry Lee, Natural Resources Conservation Service state conservationist; Jan Wilford, MDARD Environmental Stewardship Division program manager; Maggie Datema, Department of Environmental Quality director of legislative affairs; Brenda Reau, MSU Product Center senior associate director; Dist. 17 Rep. Bill LaVoy; and Dist. 56 Rep. Dale Zorn