The Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program (MAEAP) is a proactive program that helps farms of all sizes and commodities voluntarily prevent or minimize agricultural pollution risks.
This comprehensive, voluntary, free, program is designed to reduce farmers' environmental risks through a three-phase process:
1) Education (Phase 1 events)
2) Farm-specific risk assessment
3) On-farm verification that ensures the farmer has implemented environmentally sound practices.
MAEAP benefits Michigan by:
- Protecting natural resources using environmentally sound practices.
- Having emergency plans ready to deal with the unexpected.
- Using proven scientific standards to protect our air, water and soil.
- Maximizing natural fertilizer use and reducing use of fertilizers made from fossil fuels.
- Making good neighbors.
- Protect the Great Lakes.
- Ensuring safe storage of fuel, fertilizer and chemicals.
- Balance efficient production and sound environmental practices.
- Taking care of the land while making a living from the land.
The first step for farms to become MAEAP verified is by completing the necessary risk assessments with the Chippewa/Luce/Mackinac Conservation District MAEAP Technician. Contact our office if you are interested in MAEAP Verification. Visit www.MAEAP.org for more information.