Michigan Agricultural Environmental Assurance Program (MAEAP)

The Michigan Agricultural Environmental Assurance Program is an innovative, proactive program that helps farms, of all sizes and all commodities, voluntarily minimize agricultural pollution risks.  MAEAP was developed by a coalition of farmers, commodity groups, state and federal agencies, and conservation and environmental groups.

In a state as agriculturally diverse as Michigan, a one-size-fits-all approach to environmental protection simply does not work.  That’s why MAEAP offers four customized systems (Cropping, Livestock, Farmstead, Forestry, Wetland and Habitat) to meet the specific needs of farmers.  From greenhouses to dairy farms, there’s a place in MAEAP for everyone.

MAEAP verification is a three-phase process.

Phase 1 – Learn More  Attend a qualified in-person or online MAEAP educational session to learn about the program and the regulations that affect you.

Phase 2 – On Farm Risk Assessment  Using a risk assessment tool, you will devise operation-specific and economically viable solutions with the help of a technician to address the environmental impacts of your farm.

Phase 3 – Third Party Verification  At your request, the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development will verify that your operation has met the requirements of Phase 1 and 2 and that the farm is following the Generally Accepted Agricultural and Management Practices (GAAMPs).  Operations are re-verified every 5 years.

There are several reasons to get verified:

  • Reduce your legal and environmental risks by using proven scientific standards
  • Show your peers, neighbors and community that environmental stewardship is important to you
  • Balance efficient production and sound environmental practices to grow your business and protect our air, land and water
  • Help ensure safe storage of fuel, fertilizer and pesticides
  • Develop emergency plans to prepare for the unexpected and protect you, your employees and first responders

The JCCD MAEAP Technician, Jeremiah Swain,  serves both Jackson and Calhoun Counties.  You can contact Jeremiah at 517-395-2087 or at jeremiah.swain@mi.nacdnet.net.

Powered by http://wordpress.org/ and http://www.hqpremiumthemes.com/