What is MAEAP?
The Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program (MAEAP) is a voluntary program designed to reduce farmers’ legal and environmental risks through a three-phase process: 1) education; 2) farm-specific risk assessment and practice implementation; and 3) on-farm verification that ensure the farmer has implemented environmentally sound practices The Shiawassee Conservation District partners with the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development to bring this invaluable program to Shiawassee County farms.
What are On-farm Risk Assessments?
An on-farm risk assessment is a detailed review of one of four systems – Farmstead, Cropping, Livestock, or Forest and Wetlands and Habitat. Shiawassee Conservation District staff work one-on-one with farmers to review one to four of the systems in detail to determine if there are any environmental risks present. After potential risks are identified, the technician provides technical and educational assistance to address those risks.
What does it mean to be MAEAP verified?
Being MAEAP verified indicates the farm has minimized or eliminated potential environmental risks, and is following the Michigan Right to Farm Law and State/Federal environmental laws.
How Can I Become MAEAP Verified?
To become MAEAP verified, farms must complete three steps: attend an educational seminar, complete an on-farm risk assessment, and develop and implement a conservation plan addressing potential environmental risks.
When you see a MAEAP Verification sign displayed on a farm, you can be assured that they are doing their part to protect our natural resources.
Contact the Shiawassee Conservation District to get started!