The MAEAP Farmstead System addresses environmental risks of the entire farmstead, from safe fuel handling to the proper storage of fertiizer and pesticides.  It focuses on protecting surface and groundwater.  It is the one MAEAP system which is applicable to every size and kind of operation.

What is the Farmstead Assessment System?

The Farmstead Assessment System (Farm*A*Syst)  is a series of risk questions that will help you assess how effectively your farmstead structures, management practices and site conditions protect your water resources.  The risk questions are grouped in the following sections:

  1. Farmstead soil evaluation
  2. Water well condition
  3. Pesticide storage and handling
  4. Pesticide handler and worker safety
  5. Fertilizer storage and handling
  6. Petroleum product storage and mangement
  7. Waste management
  8. Septic system management
  9. General livestock management
  10. Livestock manure storage
  11. Livestock yard management
  12. Silage storage
  13. Milking center wastewater treatment
  14. Other farmstead environmental risks
  15. Farmstead inprovement action plan

Producers who complete the Farm*A*Syst assessment will be able to determine what management, structural or equipment changes (if any) will be needed for the farmstead to be environmentally assured through the MAEAP.

Once the producer develops and implements a plan to address the risks indicated by the Farm*A*Syst assessment, he/she can contact the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) to request farmstead system verification.  An MDARD inspector will schedule a site visit to complete the verification process.  The owner of a MAEAP-verified farmstead will be eligible for incentives and can enjoy the peace of mind that comes from knowing that farmstead practices are in conformance with the applicable Right-to-Farm GAAMPs.  Verified farmstead systems are positioned to achieve regulatory compliance with state and federal environmental laws.