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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.

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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.

MAEAP Forest, Wetlands, and Habitat*A*Syst

Landowners, are you interested in adopting better practices to protect your forest, wetland, or other habitat?  The Forest, Wetlands, and Habitat*A*Syst (FWH*A*Syst) is part of the Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program (MAEAP) and provides a way for you, the landowner, to examine and improve your current management practices in order to minimize negative impacts to the land and the water.  By getting your property MAEAP verified through the FWH*A*Syst, you are playing a positive role in the protection and sustainable management of our natural resources.

There are several steps involved to get your forest, wetland, or other habitat MAEAP verified through the FWH*A*Syst:

  1. Have a management plan written by a professional in the field of natural resources. This professional can be a forester, ecologist, or other natural resources professional.
  2. Meet with a Conservation District Forester and/or a MAEAP technician to complete the FWH*A*Syst risk assessment. The questions from the risk assessment are used to determine which of your practices need to be improved to minimize environmental impacts. A plan of action must be developed for any practices that need to be improved.
  3. Fulfill the MAEAP Phase 1 education requirement by attending a Phase 1 educational session or by viewing online Phase 1 media.
  4. Once you have fulfilled the education requirement and have developed a plan of action to improve practices that do not meet the MAEAP standards, you may contact an official MAEAP verifier to you have your forest, wetland, or other habitat verified through the MAEAP FWH*A*Syst.
  5. Upon successful verification, you will receive a sign that you can proudly post on your property!

Michigan Produce Safety

The Michigan’s Produce Safety Risk Assessment is a voluntary and confidential produce safety program used as a resource for farms growing produce. Completing the Michigan Produce Safety Risk Assessment is a way for farms to be confident that their practices are consistent with the current U.S. Food and Drug Administration Produce Safety Rule. Food Safety is an important concern that needs to be addressed on all produce farms. Whether a farm is a small family farm or a big corporate farm, using good production, harvest and post-harvest management practices will help prevent contaminated produce and ensure the wellness of customers. That in return will also help ensure the success of the farm.

According to the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule, at least one responsible person on a farm must have completed food safety training that has been recognized as an adequate training by the Food and Drug Administration. There is multiple grower produce training sessions planned across Michigan for Winter and Spring 2019.

Pre-registration is required for the training sessions. For more information and to register go to:

https://events.anr.msu.edu/2019WinterPSA/

https://events.anr.msu.edu/2019SpringPSA/


For more information on the Michigan Produce Safety Risk Assessment Program go to:

www.michigan.gov/producesafety


For more information please contact your local Produce Safety Technician, Jordan DeVries, at (231) 225-3072 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Cost-Share Program

The Mason-Lake Conservation District is offering cost share to farms in Mason, Manistee, and Western Lake Counties to help assist with achieving MAEAP verification. The four systems that farms can be MAEAP verified in include Farmstead, Cropping, Livestock, and Forest, Wetland, and Habitat. With these systems, there are certain management practices that farms need to implement to be MAEAP verified. Our cost share program is available to help farms achieve these practices, and farms that are one or two practices away from MAEAP verification are eligible to apply.  All MAEAP projects approved for cost share will receive a 50% reimbursement, up to a maximum of $500 per producer.

For additional information on practices that are included in the cost share and to find the application, click here .

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.

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