Protect Your Farm from the Creek (and The Creek from Your Farm)

Show Your Community You Care!

That creek running through your farm is an amenity, until it’s not. The creek provides water for crops and livestock, but also floods and erodes your land.

You can get the best of both when you leave buffers along your streams — and we can help. Our technicians will can sit down with you and help you think through how to create a plan to protect your streambanks. We’ll identify which areas to buffer, how wide, and with what plants. Your buffer plan will be uniquely yours, and 100% confidential.

When you buffer the streams on your farm, you’ve taken a big step towards earning recognition in the Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program, that’s MAEAP for short. Here’s what MAEAP is all about.

Click the button below to request a free and 100% confidential visit from your local MAEAP technician to discuss whether this voluntary program is right for you.

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What others are saying

“I’ve been a farmer all my life. My first experience driving machinery on the farm was when I was 10 years old. It’s my goal to turn [the farm] over to my children in better than it was when I got it. Over the years my sons and I have put many [conservation practices] to use on the farm.”

–Wayne Dinius, Wayne Dinius Farm

“Farming is my heritage. My dad was a small-scale farmer like I am. Being raised that way, I always wanted to be involved in farming. MAEAP is a very good program and I encourage other farmers to join in to assure the public they care about the environment.”

–Richard Janssens, Monroe Township

“We worked hard to get verified! Cattle needed to be fenced out of the streams, stream crossings needed to be provided, and watering sited established. At the Farmstead, we installed new fueling stations and chemical storage, among other things. But it was worth it in the end and we feel great about this accomplishment.”

Ken and Pat Brown, Kitty Kurtis Farm, Greenwood Township