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 — Livestock, Farmstead and Cropping — examines a different aspect of a farm and, through education, management plan development and farm inspections, helps producers develop and implement economically feasible, effective and environmentally sound pollution prevention practices.
- Annually, an average of 5,000 Michigan farmers attend an educational session geared toward environmental stewardship and MAEAP verification.
- To date, over 10,000 Michigan farms have started the verification process.
- Over 2,500 MAEAP verifications are complete.
- MDARD has verified that responsible manure application and other conservation practices are the rule on almost a million acres of Michigan farmland.
- The erosion-reducing aspects of MAEAP verification have kept over 322,231 tons of farming soil where it belongs; in farm fields…EACH YEAR. That’s 28,642 – 10 yard dump trucks of soil not reaching streams and lakes – every year.
- Phosphorous loading and sedimentation was reduced by 1.1 million pounds.
- Annual Phosphorous reduction through MAEAP is over 550,000 pounds PER YEAR. Phosphorous and Nitrogen reduced on MAEAP farms could have grown enough algae to cover over half of Houghton Lake at approximately 1/4″ in depth. (Houghton Lake is Michigan’s largest inland lake.)
- Almost 400,000 acres receiving pesticides have approved pest management plans.
- Almost 10,000 acres of filter strips have been installed and almost 1,900 gullies have been stabilized, improving water quality.
Contact Tony Wernette, Montcalm County’s MAEAP Technician at 231-796-0909 x 3 OR visit his webapge at http://mecostacd.org/maeap/