MAEAP was developed by a coalition of agriculture farmers, commodity groups, state and federal agencies, and conservation and environmental groups.  While the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) is the verifying agency, MAEAP is also a partnership effort.

MAEAP teaches farmers how to identify and prevent environmental risks and work to comply with State and Federal Environmental Regulations.  Farmers who successfully complete the three phases of a MAEAP system are rewarded by becoming verified in that system.