MICHIGAN AGRICULTURE ENVIRONMENTAL ASSURANCE PROGRAM
2nd Thursdays – a new series of workshops and educational sessions to provide farmers with new information and a chance to earn MAEAP credits. Check out the web calendar for details!
MAEAP was developed by a coalition of agriculture farmers, commodity groups, state and federal agencies, and conservation and environmental groups. While the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) is the verifying agency, MAEAP is also a partnership effort.
MAEAP teaches farmers how to identify and prevent environmental risks and work to comply with State and Federal Environmental Regulations. Farmers who successfully complete the three phases of a MAEAP system are rewarded by becoming verified in that system.
Michigan is the second most agriculturally diverse state. As a result, a one-size-fits-all approach to environmental protection simply does not work on Michigan farms. MAEAP effectively overcomes this challenge by offering areas of concentration known as systems. Each system focueses on a different aspect of farming operation. Farmers can become verifies in all systems applicable to their farm. The systems are:
Verification in each MAEAP system requires meeting all three phases for that system.
Phase 1 – Education involves farmer attendance at a qualified MAEAP educational session. Held across the state, these sessions introduce farmers to MAEAP and update them on new and emerging regulations and opportunities affecting agriculture. For a list of upcoming education sessions or to view online educaiton options go to www.maeap.org.
Phase 2 – On-farm risk assessment focueses on evaluating environmental risks and devising farm-specific and economically viable solutions. Each MAEAP system uses a unique risk assessment tool developed to address the environmental impants of that system.
Phase 3 – Third -party verification is completed by MDARD upon farmers request. MDARD verifies the farm has met the requirements of PHase 1 and 2, the State’s Generally Accepted Agricultural Management Practices (GAAMPs) are being followed, and the farm has implemented practices specific to system requirements. To maintain verified status, farms are reverified every three years.
MAEAP BENEFITS MICHIGAN BY:
Helping protect the Great Lakes
Using proven scientific standards to protect our air, water and soil
Maximizing natural nutrients and reducing use of fertilizers made from fossil fuels.
Making good neighbors.
Ensuring safe storage of fuel, fertilizer and chemicals.
Balancing efficient production and sound environmental practices.
Having emergency plans ready to deal with the unexpected.
Protecting natural resources using environmentally sound practices.
Taking care of the land while making a living for our families.
For more information contact:
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Jordan DeVries, MAEAP Technician
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