MAEAP Verifies 98 Farms

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 Environmental Assurance Program recognized:

  • Amy Joe’s Acreage, of Gould City, as a verified farm in Forest, Wetlands, Habitat Systems
  • Arting Farms, LLC, of Dundee, as a verified farm in Cropping System
  • Autumn Vista Dairy, of McBain, as a verified farm in Cropping, Farmstead, and Livestock Systems
  • Baleout Ranch, of Ravenna, as a verified farm in Cropping, Farmstead, and Livestock Systems
  • Bednarczk Farms, of Marlette, as a verified farm in Cropping System
  • Ben Grady Farms – Home Farm, of Fairgrove, as a verified farm in Cropping and Farmstead Systems
  • Bonnell Farms, of Pittsford, as a verified farm in Cropping System
  • Brad Deering Farms, LLC, of Deford, as a verified farm in Cropping System
  • Brown Deer Forest, of Big Bay, as a verified farm in Forest, Wetlands, Habitat System
  • Camp Tosebo Association, of Manistee, as a verified farm in Forest, Wetlands, Habitat System
  • Cavanaugh’s Ireland Bells Dairy, of Leslie, as a verified farm in Cropping, Farmstead, andForest, Wetlands, Habitat, Livestock Systems
  • Charles Cullip Forest, of Ignace, as a verified farm in Forest, Wetlands, Habitat System
  • City of Monroe, Michigan – Munson Park, of Monroe, as a verified farm in Forest, Wetlands, Habitat System
  • Clover Farms, of Bronson, as a verified farm in Cropping and Farmstead Systems
  • Crooked Creek Farm Dairy, of Romeo, as a verified farm in Cropping and Livestock Systems
  • Crooked Row Tree Farm, of Jones, as a verified farm in Forest, Wetlands, Habitat System
  • Daniel Epple Farm, of Pleasant, as a verified farm in Cropping and Livestock Systems
  • Dave Walsh Farms, Site 1, of Ubly, as a verified farm in Cropping System
  • David Cloud Trust, of Edwardsburg, as a verified farm in Farmstead System
  • Derek Backus Farm, of Linwood, as a verified farm in Cropping System
  • Detroit Flight Path Farm, of Romulus, as a verified farm in Forest, Wetlands, Habitat System
  • DNR – Dansville State Game Area, of Dansville, as a verified farm in Forest, Wetlands, Habitat System
  • Dutchman Tree Farms – Northern Pines Nursery, of Lake City, as a verified farm in Cropping and Farmstead Systems
  • Faivor Fresh Produce, of Johns, as a verified farm in Cropping System
  • Farmhouse Vineyards, LLC, of Petoskey, as a verified farm in Cropping, Farmstead, and Livestock Systems
  • Fenske Forest, of Luther, as a verified farm in Forest, Wetlands, Habitat System
  • Fulton Farms, LC, of Oakley, as a verified farm in Cropping System
  • Gary Voogt Farms, of Marne, as a verified farm in Cropping, Farmstead, Forest, Wetlands, Habitat, and Livestock Systems
  • Gentner Family Farms, of Minden City, as a verified farm in Cropping System
  • Gingrich Meadows Inc. – Site 2, of Le Roy, as a verified farm in Farmstead and Livestock Systems
  • Gingrich Meadows, Inc. – Site 1, of Le Roy, as a verified farm in Cropping, Farmstead, and Livestock Systems
  • Granderview Orchard and Vineyard, of Hudsonville, as a verified farm in Cropping and Farmstead Systems
  • Grandview Acres, LLC, of Centreville, as a verified farm in Cropping System
  • Greenhythe Farms, LLC, of Fennville, as a verified farm in Cropping and Farmstead Systems
  • Harris Knudson Farms – Squires Farm, of Conklin, as a verified farm in Cropping, Farmstead, and Livestock Systems
  • Hinterland Farm and Kitchen, of Pullman, as a verified farm in Cropping andFarmstead Systems
  • Hoe and Mow Farm, of Big Rapids, as a verified farm in Cropping System
  • Jason Ottney Farm, of Eaton Rapids, as a verified farm in Cropping, Farmstead, and Livestock Systems
  • Jeff Montei Farm (Previously Ben Grady Farm), of Fairgrove, as a verified farm in Cropping and Farmstead Systems
  • Jeffrey Feinauer Farms, of Bay City, as a verified farm in Cropping System
  • Jim Belcher Farm, of Tustin, as a verified farm in Cropping System
  • Jim Shull Farms, of Hart, as a verified farm in Cropping and Farmstead Systems
  • JMZ Farms, LLC, of Deford, as a verified farm in Cropping and Farmstead Systems
  • John R. Williams Farm, of Hart, as a verified farm in Cropping and Farmstead Systems
  • June Bug Acres, of Glennie, as a verified farm in Cropping, Farmstead, and Livestock Systems
  • Keinath Farms, of Deckerville, as a verified farm in Cropping System
  • Kruithoff Farms – 18 Mile Farm, of Kent City, as a verified farm in Cropping and Livestock Systems
  • Kruithoff Farms – Conklin Farm, of Conklin, as a verified farm in Cropping, Farmstead, and Livestock Systems
  • Krupka Vineyards, of Traverse City, as a verified farm in Cropping System
  • Lee Kent-Forest, of Chase, as a verified farm in Forest, Wetlands, Habitat System
  • Lucky 7 Dairy, LLC, of McBain, as a verified farm in Cropping, Farmstead, and Livestock Systems
  • Macon Ridge Cattle Farm, of Saline, as a verified farm in Cropping and Livestock Systems
  • McClain Farm, of Grayling, as a verified farm in Cropping, Farmstead, and Livestock Systems
  • Neighbor Lady Bee Farm, of Johns, as a verified farm in Forest, Wetlands, Habitat System
  • New Bush Farms II, of Tecumseh, as a verified farm in Cropping System
  • NJ Fox and Sons, Inc.- AEBIG Apple, Inc., of New Era, as a verified farm in Cropping and Farmstead Systems
  • NJ Fox and Sons, Inc.- Point Sable Fox Barn, of Shelby, as a verified farm in Cropping and Farmstead Systems
  • NJ Fox and Sons, Inc.- The Bierwagon Farm, of Shelby, as a verified farm in Cropping and Farmstead Systems
  • NJ Fox and Sons, Inc.- The Reames Farm, of Shelby, as a verified farm in Cropping and Farmstead Systems
  • NJ Fox and Sons, Inc.- The Reames Farm, of Shelby, as a verified farm in Cropping and Farmstead Systems
  • No Buck Lodge, of Rock, as a verified farm in Forest, Wetlands, Habitat System
  • Northwinds Forestry, of Pickford, as a verified farm in Forest, Wetlands, Habitat System
  • Paul Jefts – Colfax Township Forest, of Big Rapids, as a verified farm in Forest, Wetlands, Habitat System
  • Paul Jefts – Grant Township Forest, of Big Rapids, as a verified farm in Forest, Wetlands, Habitat System
  • Presque Isle Pines, of Millersburg, as a verified farm in Forest, Wetlands, Habitat System
  • Pure Mitten Hops, of Coopersville, as a verified farm in Cropping and Farmstead Systems
  • Randy McKeon Farm, of Pinconning, as a verified farm in Cropping System
  • Razzberry Creek Farm, of Gladwin, as a verified farm in Cropping, Farmstead, and Livestock Systems
  • Rich D’Arcy Farms, of Kingston, as a verified farm in Cropping System
  • Rutten Farms, of Scotts, as a verified farm in Cropping and Farmstead Systems
  • Schuck Sportsman’s Sanctuary, of Le Roy, as a verified farm in Forest, Wetlands, Habitat System
  • Setzler Family Farms, of LaSalle, as a verified farm in Cropping System
  • Sibley Prairie Nature Preserve – West Prairie, of Brownstown Township, as a verified farm in Forest, Wetlands, Habitat System
  • Smokey Oak Farms, of Jackson, as a verified farm in Cropping, Farmstead, and Livestock Systems
  • Tamarack Tree Farm, of Cadillac, as a verified farm in Farmstead and Forest, Wetlands, Habitat Systems
  • Tapola Forest Lands, of Rock, as a verified farm in Forest, Wetlands, Habitat System
  • Ten Hands Farm, LLC, of Stanwood, as a verified farm in Cropping System
  • The Chadzichristos Farm, of Rock, as a verified farm in Forest, Wetlands, Habitat System
  • The Menagerie, of Corunna, as a verified farm in Livestock System
  • The Woodlot – 4510 Stonemeadow, of Ann Arbor, as a verified farm in Forest, Wetlands, Habitat System
  • Them N Us Ranch, LLC, of Grayling, as a verified farm in Cropping, Farmstead, and Livestock Systems
  • Thomas Stover Farm, of Sears, as a verified farm in Cropping, Farmstead, and Forest, Wetlands, Habitat Systems
  • Timothy Michell Farm, of Marion, as a verified farm in Cropping, Farmstead, and Livestock Systems
  • Todd Taylor Farm, of Ottawa Lake, as a verified farm in Farmstead System

“Farmers across the state of Michigan understand how fortunate we are to be surrounded by fertile lands and abundant freshwater, and they are committed to protecting these amazing resources,” said MDARD Director Gary McDowell. “Participation in the program increases year after year, and it has been used as a model by many other states. By earning MAEAP verification and putting that sign out front, they are letting their neighbors know that they are excellent stewards of their land so that it can be sustainable for future generations.”

MAEAP is a collaborative effort of farmers, commodity organizations, universities, conservation districts, conservation, and environmental groups, and state and federal agencies.  Michigan conservation districts house technicians that provide technical assistance to assist farmers as they move through the MAEAP process toward verification. An average of 5,000 Michigan farmers attend educational programs annually, 10,000 Michigan farms have started the verification process and over 5,000 verifications have taken place to date.

To become MAEAP verified, farmers must complete three comprehensive steps which include attending an educational seminar, conducting a thorough on-farm risk assessment, and developing and implementing an action plan addressing potential environmental risk. MDARD conducts an on‑farm inspection to verify program requirements related to applicable state and federal environmental regulations, Michigan Right to Farm guidelines, and adherence to an action plan. When completed, the producer receives a certificate of environmental assurance. To remain a MAEAP verified farm, inspections must be conducted every five years and action steps must be followed.

MAEAP is a multi-year program allowing producers to meet personal objectives, while best managing both time and resources. The program encompasses four systems designed to help producers evaluate the environmental risks of their operation. Each system – Livestock, Farmstead, Cropping, and Forest, Wetlands and Habitat – examines a different aspect of a farm, as each has a different environmental impact. By participating in all four systems, producers can comprehensively evaluate their entire farming operation for potential environmental risks.

For more information, visit the MAEAP website at https://www.maeap.org or contact Joe Kelpinski, MDARD’s MAEAP Program Manager, at (517)284-5608.

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