MAEAP Newsletter March 2022

New producers experience the benefits of MAEAP     Driving down the roads in rural Michigan, you will see many different things: farm animals, open fields, and Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program (MAEAP) signs. “Seeing all those (MAEAP) signs driving around the state piqued my interest,” said Melina Anderson of Shining Light Farm. “Last year, […]

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Conservation Technicians Win Awards at 2021 MACD Virtual Fall Convention

For immediate release: November 2021 Media contact: Dan Moilanen, macd.org Conservation technicians win awards at the 2021 MACD Virtual Fall Convention LANSING—The Michigan Association of Conservation Districts (MACD) awarded two technicians for their outstanding conservation work over the past year with the Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program (MAEAP). Andrea Wendt, of the Shiawassee Conservation District, Symon […]

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Organic farm builds on sustainability, conservation efforts through MAEAP

Organic farm builds on sustainability, conservation efforts through MAEAP Emily Crimmins, Bluewater Conservation District   “We call her ‘Uber Chicken,’” said Melodee Beals, co-owner of Dancing Meadows Homestead (DMH). “Because she likes to get in people’s cars when they stop by the farm … (and) she even got into the mail truck once.” DMH’s farm, […]

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Two Conservation District technicians awarded for work promoting stewardship, protecting environment

LANSING—The Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program (MAEAP) awarded two technicians for their outstanding conservation work over the past year. Alex Svoboda, of the Osceola-Lake Conservation District, and Robert Malcomnson, of the Lapeer Conservation District, were presented with the awards during the Michigan Association of Conservation Districts’ Convention and Annual Meeting, held virtually today. Every year […]

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Hiawatha Sportsman’s Club motivated to do more through MAEAP

  In Mackinac County, the Hiawatha Sportsman Club and its members are focused on protecting the environment. “We have embraced the outdoors for more than 90 years,” said Doug Sanborn, manager of the Hiawatha Sportsman’s Club. “It is in our mission statement to promote conservation.” When the club heard about the Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance […]

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MAEAP Verifies 107 Farms in September 2020

The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development’s (MDARD) Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program (MAEAP) is recognizing 107 farms for implementing appropriate pollution prevention practices. The program assists farmers to comply with state and federal environmental regulations and with the Right to Farm practices. Technical assistance was provided by local Conservation Districts. The Michigan Agriculture […]

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MAEAP verification helps a new farm operation invest for the future

John and Wendy Winkel did not grow up farming, but when they saw Grandpa Tiny’s Farm in Frankenmuth for sale almost four years ago, they knew they needed to buy it. “We discovered this farm with a small petting area kind of on a whim. What started as coming here once a year, turned into […]

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MAEAP Verifies 97 Farms

The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development’s (MDARD) Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program (MAEAP) is recognizing 97 farms for implementing appropriate pollution prevention practices. The program assists farmers to comply with state and federal environmental regulations and with the Right to Farm practices. Technical assistance was provided by local Conservation Districts. The Michigan Agriculture […]

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MAEAP Farm Bureau Insurance Discount

Michigan farmers are good caretakers of the land, water and natural resources around them. A program called the Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program (MAEAP) helps them to take proactive steps toward assessing their farm operation for potential environmental risks. This comprehensive, voluntary, proactive program is designed to reduce farmers’ legal and environmental risks through a […]

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MAEAP Verifies 31 Farms in March 2020

MAEAP Verifies 31 Farms in March The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development’s (MDARD) Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program (MAEAP) is recognizing 31 farms for implementing appropriate pollution prevention practices. The program assists farmers to comply with state and federal environmental regulations and with Right to Farm practices. Technical assistance was provided by local […]

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