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How to Get Started with MAEAP

The Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program (MAEAP) is a voluntary program. We recognize and reward top stewards of the land. This is a statewide program delivered by conservation districts, local leaders you know.

MAEAP is open to any Michigan farmer. There are four categories of recognition:

  1. Cropping
  2. Livestock
  3. Farmstead
  4. Forest, Wetlands, and Habitat 

MAEAP is free and is a good fit for both large and small farms. Everything we learn about your farm is 100% confidential. This is guaranteed by state law.

You can earn:

  • Recognition as a top steward in the community
  • Regulatory assurances
  • Increased access to cost share and technical assistance
  • An enduring sense of accomplishment and pride

We promise:

  • The program is 100/o confidential, guaranteed by state law
  • We will treat you and your farm with respect
  • We will help you with the paperwork and process
  • We will help you leave a legacy for your children

MAEAP recognition is:

  • Achievable. Thousands of farms have earned this designation already
  • Something to be proud of. Be among the 5% of farms who have earned this designation

We can help you get started any time you want.

There are four steps:

  1. Learn: Attend a workshop or schedule a private meeting to learn if MAEAP is right for you.
  2. Farm Visit: Invite us to tour your farm. A local technician will come out to visit. We will recommend practical steps you can take to reduce erosion and runoff into public waters.
  3. Implement: Do the work at your own pace. We can help you work toward your goals and guide you to cost share.
  4. Recognition: When the work is done, we will give you a sign to place on your farm and send you a certificate signed by the director of MDARD.




Farmstead System

Farmstead System

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.

Cropping System

Cropping System

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.

Livestock System

Livestock System

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.

Forest, Wetlands & Habitat System

Forest, Wetlands & Habitat System

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.


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    One of MAEAP's Founding Fathers

    Published on January 3, 2019

    Scott Piggott, Chief Operating Officer at Michigan Farm Bureau, talks about how MAEAP got started.

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