Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program

The Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program (MAEAP) is a voluntary, pro-active program designed to reduce producer’s legal and environmental risks. Each MAEAP system, including Livestock, Farmstead, Cropping, and Forest, Wetlands, Habitats examines a different aspect. Through education, management plan development, and farm visits, we help producers develop and implement economically feasible, effective, and environmentally sound pollution prevention practices.

What MAEAP Can Do For You:

• MAEAP is a confidential, helpful process of working with the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development to meet environmental laws.

• Boost your access to cost-share funds in the EQIP Farm Bill program ranking tool.

• Use the MAEAP logo and MAEAP sign to market your farm and farm products.

• Complete a Risk Assessment (Farmstead and Cropping) and receive 4 RUP Credits for each system (2 RUP Credits for repeat assessments).

• Become MAEAP verified and receive 8 RUP Credits each for Farmstead and Cropping systems.

• Become re-verified and receive 4 RUP Credits for Farmstead and Cropping systems.

• Save up to 20% on your Basic Liability Premium (Section II) of your Farm Bureau Insurance Farmowners Policy.

• Avoid civil fines and penalties if your farm is faced with an unintentional, accidental discharge to the water or an “Act of God Weather Event.”

• Confidence that you are in conformance with applicable Right to Farm Generally Accepted Agricultural Management Practices.

• If a farm is MAEAP verified in all applicable “systems” and is in a Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) Watershed, the farm will be considered as implementing the practices needed to meet a TMDL.

For more information, you can visit the official MAEAP website. For residential stewardship ideas and educational resources, visit the Michigan Water Stewardship Program website or for more information on Farm Bill financial and technical assistance, visit the Natural Resources Conservation Service.
Mecosta - Contact Tony
Tony Wernette, MAEAP Technician
Mecosta Conservation District
18260 Northland Drive
Big Rapids, MI 49307
Phone: (231) 796-0909 ext. 3
Fax: (855) 693-2483
Osceola-Lake - Contact Karen
Karen Ickes, MAEAP Technician
Osceola-Lake Conservation District
138 W. Upton, Suite #2
Reed City, MI 49677
Phone: 231-465-8005
Fax: (855) 790-7472

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