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You can earn:

  • Recognition as a top steward in the community
  • Regulatory protections
  • Preferred consideration for technical assistance and cost share
  • An enduring sense of accomplishment and pride

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We promise:

  • The program is 100% confidential, guaranteed by state law
  • We will treat you and your business with respect
  • We will help you with the paperwork and red tape
  • We will help you leave a legacy for your children

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MAEAP recognition is

  • Achievable. Farms have earned more than 5000 verifications across the state
  • Something to be proud of. You can be among the top 5% of farms who have earned this designation so far



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

MICHIGAN AGRICULTURE ENVIRONMENTAL ASSURANCE PROGRAM

Water pollution comes from many sources, and some of it comes from farms. That's why Mason-Lake Conservation District is standing by to help you enroll in the Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program (MAEAP) 

MAEAP helps farmers adopt cost-effective practices that reduce erosion and runoff into ponds, streams, and rivers. This, in turn, helps farmers comply with state and federal laws. MAEAP is a voluntary program. We recognize and reward top stewards of the land. This is a state program delivered by conservation districts, local leaders you know. MAEAP is open to any Michigan farmer. There are four categories of recognition: 1) Cropping, 2) Livestock, 3) Farmstead, and 4) Forest, Wetlands, and Habitat.

The program includes four steps:



Learn


Attend a workshop or schedule a private meeting to learn if MAEAP is right for you.  Alternately, you can review educational materials on the MAEAP website at your own pace.



Farm and Visit Recommendations


Invite a MAEAP technician to tour your farm. This technician will explain the program and recommend practical steps you can take to reduce erosion and runoff into public waters.

Everything the technician learns about your farm will remain confidential and will not be shared with your competition or environmental regulators.



Implement


Do the work at your own pace. Our MAEAP technicians are here to help you every step of the way. A technician will help you develop your plan of action, and fill out paperwork. He or she will also steer you to cost share and expert help, if you want.



Recognition


Once the work is complete, you can contact the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development. A verifier from MDARD will visit your farm to ensure the recommended practices are in place and address erosion and runoff risks on your land. When the work is done, we will give you a sign to place on your farm and send you a certificate signed by the Director of the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.

What MAEAP-Recognized Farmers Say

Conrad 780 674

Pete Conrad

Conrad Farms Inc.

“The MAEAP program has added value to our farm. Reassurance that we are being great stewards of our farm’s resources has been a major part of this value.”

Dittmer 900 670

Gary Dittmer

Dittmer Farms

“When you get into the program, you find that you’re already doing 80-90% of the things you should be doing. It is a good thing for farms to show the community.”

Lister 780 664

Art Lister

Lister Orchards

"A big advantage of the MAEAP program is that it’ is a proactive approach to work with producers. I want to know that I am doing everything I can to protect the environment, and this assures me that I am doing just that."

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