The Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program (MAEAP) is an innovative, proactive, and voluntary program that helps farms of all sizes and all commodities voluntarily prevent or minimize agricultural pollution risks.
How to Get Started with MAEAP
This comprehensive, voluntary, proactive program is designed to reduce farmers' legal and environmental risks through a three-phase process: 1) education; 2) farm-specific risk assessment and practice implementation; and 3) on-farm verification that ensures the farmer has implemented environmentally sound practices. The program's four systems — Farmstead, Cropping, Livestock and the newly developed Forest, Wetlands and Habitat System — each examine different aspects of the farm. After becoming MAEAP verified, a farm can display a MAEAP sign signifying that MAEAP partners recognize the farm is environmentally assured.
To get started:
- Attend an educational meeting. See the upcoming events to locate a MAEAP resource person/booth, or to find a nearby location that has "Phase 1 Educational Session" notated in the description.
- View three videos on this page of the MAEAP educational sessions for Phase 1 Credit, and submit the form.
- Call the MAEAP office at (517) 284-5609 for more information.
- Talk with your local MAEAP Conservation District Technicians, county Farm Bureau office or Michigan Milk Producers Association field staff.
- Contact the area MSU Extension Educator for your area.
- Contact the MAEAP Verifier for your area.
The Farmstead System reviews potential risks at the farm site. This includes a review of chemical, fuel and pesticide storage, and wells. It may also include manure storage on livestock farms. This system is applicable to all farms.
The Cropping System reviews production practices that occur wherever crops are grown on the farm. It reviews risks associated with pesticide and nutrient application, erosion control, and record keeping.
The Livestock System reviews practices related to livestock production. This includes manure storage, transfer and land application, record keeping, feed storage, and lot management. It relates to all types of livestock produced on the farm.
The FWH System reviews management practices relating to areas on the farm with woodlands, wetlands, and other types of managed habitats. This review looks at the management plans created for all of these land uses to promote and ensure sustainable practices are being implemented.
September 30, 2018 5:00PM - 9:00PM MSU - North Farm, N5431 Rock River Road, Chatham, MI 49816
**MAEAP Phase 1 Event** 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.