Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program

We are here to help and recognize farmers who reduce erosion and runoff from 
private land into public waters. Call Rob Malcomnson - MAEAP Technician 810-664-0895  ext. 5
covering Lapeer and Macomb Counties.

GET VERIFIED

Getting verified in the Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program (MAEAP) shows peers and neighbors the high level of commitment to agricultural stewardship and protecting the environment. MAEAP has four systems that address different aspects of the farm: Farmstead, Cropping, Livestock and the newly developed Forest, Wetlands and Habitat System. Each looks at different practices depending on site-specific management and production practices and associated risks.
 

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 the process 
  • We will help you leave a legacy for your children

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 

MAEAP recognition is:

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

LEARN 

You can attend a workshop or schedule a private meeting to learn about what MAEAP is, by calling your MAEAP technician.  You can also  view educational videos and sessions at  maeap.org/educational-sessions/

This photo shows MAEAP technician Rob Malcomnson talking about Hoop Houses on a farm tour. 

 

FARM VISIT & RECOMMENDATIONS

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

*Please note that  everything the technician learns about your farm will remain confidential and will not be shared with your competition or environmental regulators.

 

IMPLEMENT

Your MAEAP technician will assist you every step of the way.  You work at your own pace.  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.                                                                                                                                                                                                          

Trish Dennis, the owner of Indigo Lavender Farms of Imlay City states, “The process of becoming MAEAP verified was streamlined.  The program was educational and easy to implement.”  She also said that, “We wanted to farm in a sustainable way and we needed help to achieve that.  Being MAEAP verified lets our customers know we are environmentally conscious.” 

Trish Dennis is shown here with her father Ron Ronat.

 

 

RECOGNITION

Once the work is complete, you will contact the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD).  A verifier from MDARD will visit your farm to ensure the recommended practices are in place and address erosion and run off risks on your land.  Once your farm has been “verified” you will receive a sign to display on your farm.  

This MAEAP recognition is good for five years and to maintain it you would review your plan with a MAEAP technician and again request a farm visit from  MDARD. 

Matt Swoish, from Swoish Farms whose family has been beef farming since 1936, presently on 1400 acres out of North Branch, stated that, “that being MAEAP recognized is important to show you are compliant with the environmental requirements which is good for our customers to know.  Livestock producers have a lot to gain from the MAEAP verification especially regarding manure storage.  The record keeping you learn helps to protect ourselves if there is a complaint…. you have the paperwork to show that you are compliant with the environmental requirements and that we are mindful of the environment.”                        Swoish Family pictured below

   

 

TESTIMONIALS 

David Brusie, of David W Brusie and Sons, Inc are MAEAP certified in cropping on 2,205 acres and he said “I looked into it after I saw the neighbors do it and thought it was a good idea.  It is relatively simply to do and the keeping track of say phosphorus levels, soil testing and such is a great way to monitor yourself and show good practices.  I thought the recommendations were all practical but had to work out the fuel tank prevention for possible spills.”

Adam VanDyk, of VanDyk Farms is MAEAP certified in cropping on 1,120 acres and he said “I heard about the MAEAP program at the Great Lakes Expo and had seen the signs.  The recommendations made were worthwhile to work at.  I was never rushed and it wasn’t as time consuming as I had expected.  I would and have recommended MAEAP to other farmers.  Our customers may not really know what it is about yet more realize we passed shows them we are being sustainable and environmentally safe.  It is a good way to test ourselves that we actually are.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Download the Cost Share 2-Pg PDF document


Lapeer County Verified Farms

  • Boughan Farms, North Branch
  • Byrdee Farms, Otter Lake
  • C & S Dairy, North Branch
  • Castillo-Perez Farm, North Branch
  • Charles P. Mann Farm, Imlay City
  • Country Road Vineyards, Lapeer
  • Daly Farm, Goodrich
  • Daley Acres, Lum
  • Felton Farms, Lapeer
  • Grandpa’s Farm, Imlay City
  • Hodge Farm, Lapeer
  • Howell Farm, North Branch
  • Howland Farms, Brown City
  • Jostock Farm, Lapeer
  • Kenrick Farm, Almont
  • Lapeer County Education & Technology Center, Attica
  • Ligon Farm, Almont
  • Listwak Farm, North Branch
  • Louis Martus Farm, Brown City
  • Matt Swoish Farm, North Branch
  • Muxlow Stock Farm, Marlette
  • Nature Harvest Organic Farm, Metamora
  • Noble Hills Farm, Metamora
  • Parks Show Cattle, LLC, Metamora
  • Penzien Farm, Attica
  • Perkins Farms, Lapeer
  • Pineberry Farm, Silverwood
  • Rainbow Organic Farm, Imlay City
  • Siegler Dairy Farm, Imlay City
  • Skyline Camp and Retreat Center, Almont
  • Solon Farms, LLC, Clifford
  • Steve Schaub, North Branch
  • Stony Croft Farms, Lapeer
  • Swoish Farms, North Branch
  • Tim Campbell Farm, Imlay City
  • Tindall Farm, Metamora
  • Valentine Farms, LLC, Fosteria
  • White Pine Farm, North Branch
  • Wilson Farm, Clifford

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