“MAEAP audit, broad based, looks more long-range than other audits and is very environmentally focused. It helps us to promote our vision for the future.”

– Art Lister, Lister Orchards – Mason County

Verification in each MAEAP system requires meeting all three phases for that system.

Phase 1 – Education involves farmer attendance at a qualified MAEAP educational session.  Held across the state, these sessions introduce farmers to MAEAP and update them on new and emerging regulations and opportunities affecting agriculture.  For a list of upcoming education sessions or to view online education options go to www.maeap.org.

Phase 2 – On-farm risk assessment focuses on evaluating environmental risks and devising farm-specific and economically viable solutions.  Each MAEAP system uses a unique risk assessment tool developed to address the environmental impacts of that system.

Phase 3 – Third -party verification is completed by MDARD upon farmers request.  MDARD verifies the farm has met the requirements of Phase 1 and 2, the State’s Generally Accepted Agricultural Management Practices (GAAMPs) are being followed, and the farm has implemented practices specific to system requirements.  To maintain verified status, farms are reverified every five years.