Protect Your Herd from the Creek (and Your Creek from the Herd)

Show Your Community You Care About Your Farm!

Livestock needs water, but a lot can go wrong when they get it straight from the creek. Not only that, livestock in streams cause erosion and pollution problems for everyone downstream. Our technicians can work with you to solve those problems.

We’ll identify options to get water to your livestock while keeping them out of the creek. This will protect your herd from waterborne diseases, injuries, and high risk calving locations. And we may find opportunities to improve your privacy, hunting, fishing, and stop erosion along the way. Once we’ve come up with a plan you’re satisfied with, we’ll steer you towards technical assistance and cost share to make it happen.

When you move to keep your livestock out of the stream, 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

“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

“We believe electively opting to participate in MAEAP… will help farmers keep up with the rapid pace of environmental and sustainability-based industry changes… The fourth generation is now learning and preparing for their future as we all try to leave our farmstead better than we found it.”

Bruce and Jennifer Lewis of Pleasant View Dairy, members of Michigan Milk Producers Association and 2013 Michigan State University Dairy Farmers of the Year