MAEAP Verifies Farms in October and November

The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development’s (MDARD) Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program (MAEAP) is recognizing 64 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 Conservation Districts.

The Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program recognized:

  • 1st Micro Greenery, of Grand Rapids, as a verified farm in Cropping System
  • B-4 Herefords, of Hillman, as a verified farm in Cropping, Farmstead, and Livestock Systems
  • Baseline Farm, of Dexter, as a verified farm in Farmstead System
  • Beaver Dam Creek Ranch, of Stanwood, as a verified farm in Forest, Wetlands, Habitat System
  • Bernia and Sons Farms, Inc., of Akron, as a verified farm in Cropping and Farmstead Systems
  • Bernia Family Farms, Inc., of Akron, as a verified farm in Cropping and Farmstead Systems
  • Central Produce Sales, Inc., of Dowagiac, as a verified farm in Cropping and Farmstead Systems
  • Cherry Ke, Inc. – Antrim Site, of Rapid City, as a verified farm in Farmstead System
  • Cherry Ke, Inc. – Main Office, of Kewadin, as a verified farm in Cropping and Farmstead Systems
  • Clay Nole Farm, of Owosso, as a verified farm in Cropping and Farmstead Systems
  • Dave Jacobs Jr. Farm, of Corunna, as a verified farm in Cropping and Farmstead Systems
  • Diane Somsel Forest, of Brethren, as a verified farm in Forest, Wetlands, Habitat System
  • Faith In Flora, of Three Rivers, as a verified farm in Cropping, Farmstead Systems
  • Ferkowicz Farm, of Silverwood, as a verified farm in Cropping and Farmstead Systems
  • Flying M Ranch, of Tustin, as a verified farm in Cropping and Farmstead Systems
  • Gerald Kovach Farm, of St. Charles, as a verified farm in Cropping and Farmstead Systems
  • Green Hills Farms, LLC, of Onsted, as a verified farm in Cropping and Livestock Systems
  • Green Things Farm, LLC, of Ann Arbor, as a verified farm in Forest, Wetlands, Habitat System
  • Halsey Farms, LLC, of Adrian, as a verified farm in Cropping and Livestock Systems
  • Happy Goat Lucky Ewe Fiber Farm, of Mason, as a verified farm in Cropping and Livestock Systems
  • Hiddema Farm, of New Era, as a verified farm in Cropping System
  • High Moon Tree Farm, of Republic, as a verified farm in Forest, Wetlands, Habitat System
  • Howell Farms, of Fairgrove, as a verified farm in Cropping, Farmstead and Livestock Systems
  • Howell Farms – Hog Facility Farm, of Fairgrove, as a verified farm in Farmstead and Livestock Systems
  • Iott Farms, Inc., of Deerfield, as a verified farm in Farmstead System
  • Jackson Creek Farm, of Kingsley, as a verified farm in Cropping and Farmstead Systems
  • Janke Tree Farm, of Allegan, as a verified farm in Cropping and Farmstead Systems
  • John and Jean Chickering Forest, of St. Johns, as a verified farm in Forest, Wetlands, Habitat System
  • Kate’s Bay Cattle Ranch, of Garden, as a verified farm in Farmstead System
  • Krager’s Acres, of Vandalia, as a verified farm in Farmstead and Livestock Systems
  • Laetus Pullus Farm, of Perry, as a verified farm in Cropping and Forest, Wetlands, Habitat Systems
  • Lee Meadow Farm, of Hersey, as a verified farm in Cropping, Farmstead and Livestock Systems
  • Letherer Farms, LLC, of Hudson, as a verified farm in Cropping System
  • Lewis Ansted Park – Bedford Township Park Commission, of Temperance, as a verified farm in Forest, Wetlands, Habitat System
  • Lonnie Jones Farm, of Charlotte, as a verified farm in Cropping and Farmstead Systems
  • Loomis Farms, LLC, of Britton, as a verified farm in Cropping System
  • MacDonald Farms, LLC, of Coleman, as a verified farm in Cropping System
  • Maple Shade Farm, of Perrinton, as a verified farm in Farmstead and Forest, Wetlands, Habitat, Livestock Systems
  • Mayflower Dairy, of Decatur, as a verified farm in Farmstead and Livestock Systems
  • McSpadden Farms, LLC, of Pullman, as a verified farm in Cropping and Farmstead Systems
  • Mill Creek Blueberry Farm, Inc., of Watervliet, as a verified farm in Cropping and Farmstead Systems
  • MSU – Max T. NMR Rogers Reserve, of Jackson, as a verified farm in Cropping and Farmstead Systems
  • Newbegin Farms, of Clifford, as a verified farm in Cropping System
  • Nihikeyah, of Marquette, as a verified farm in Forest, Wetlands, Habitat System
  • Northern Sun Winery, Inc. and Anthony Vineyards, of Bark River, as a verified farm in Cropping and Farmstead Systems
  • Pine Knolls, of Wellston, as a verified farm in Forest, Wetlands, Habitat System
  • Pineview Farm, of Silverwood, as a verified farm in Farmstead System
  • Rankey Forest, of Rose City, as a verified farm in Forest, Wetlands, Habitat System
  • Reh-Morr Farm, of Eben Junction, as a verified farm in Cropping, Farmstead and Livestock Systems
  • Scott Heath Farms, of Milan, as a verified farm in Cropping and Farmstead Systems
  • Selter Farm, of Ypsilanti, as a verified farm in Farmstead System
  • Stanger Farm’s – Site 1, of Dundee, as a verified farm in Cropping System
  • Stanger Farm’s – Site 2, of Dundee, as a verified farm in Cropping System
  • Summit View Farm, of Manistee, as a verified farm in Farmstead System
  • Terryn and Girls Farm, of Reed City, as a verified farm in Cropping, Farmstead and Livestock Systems
  • The Hansen Farm, of Hale, as a verified farm in Forest, Wetlands, Habitat System
  • Toadfoot Acres, of Petersburg, as a verified farm in Cropping, Farmstead and Livestock Systems
  • Walcott Farms – 112th Avenue Turkey Farm, of Holland, as a verified farm in Livestock System
  • Walcott Farms – 88th Avenue Turkey Farm, of Allendale, as a verified farm in Livestock System
  • Walcott Farms – Port Sheldon Turkey Farm, of Holland, as a verified farm in Livestock System
  • Walcott Farms – The Hills Turkey Farm, of West Olive, as a verified farm in Livestock System
  • Walcott Farms – Turkey Town, of West Olive, as a verified farm in Livestock System
  • Washtenaw Hops, LLC, of Chelsea, as a verified farm in Cropping and Farmstead Systems
  • Wooly Acres, of Colon, as a verified farm in Farmstead System

“These 64 farms represent the agricultural community’s commitment to a sustainable environment,” said MDARD Director Gordon Wenk. “By taking the steps necessary to become MAEAP verified, farmers continue to be excellent stewards of their land. The success of the program demonstrates how the agricultural community comes together to protect our land and water quality.”

MAEAP is a collaborative effort of farmers, MDARD, Michigan Farm Bureau, commodity organizations, universities, conservation districts, conservation and environmental groups and state and federal agencies.  More than 100 local coordinators and technical service providers are available 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 4,000 verifications 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.

In March of 2011, Governor Rick Snyder signed Senate Bill 122 and House Bill 4212, now Public Acts 1 and 2 of 2011, to codify the Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program into law.

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.