What is MAEAP?                                                                 

MAEAP (Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program) is a voluntary, innovative, proactive program that helps farms prevent or minimize pollution risks. MAEAP teaches farmers how to identify and reduce environmental risks. The three phases of MAEAP verification are education, on-farm risk assessments, and third party verification.

PHASE ONE - Education involves farmer attendance at a qualified MAEAP educational session. These sessions introduce farmers to MAEAP and updates them on new and emerging regulations and opportunities that affect agriculture.

PHASE TWO - On-farm risk assessments focuses on evaluating environmental risks and devising farm-specific and economically viable solutions. There are three risk assessment tools developed to address the environmental impacts on that system (Farm*A*Syst, Crop*A*Syst, and Livestock*A*Syst).

PHASE THREE - Third party verification is done by the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD). MDARD verifies that all the requirements of Phase 1 and Phase 2 have been met, the Generally Accepted Agricultural Management Practices are being followed, and the farm has implemented the farm-specific requirements. To maintain verified status, farms are reverified every five years.  


MAEAP Verifications in Oceana County  

We are proud to announce that we have over 100 MAEAP verifications in Oceana County! The list of 62 farms below represent the highest standards of environmental stewardship and responsible agriculture.

  • Lound and Lound
  • Malburg Malac LLC
  • Maple Grove Farms, Inc
  • NJ Fox&Sons-Aebig Apple
  • NJ Fox & Sons-Point Sable
  • NJ Fox & Sons-Reames
  • Phil Carter Farm
  • Pine Row Farm
  • Powers Farm
  • R&J Bush Farms
  • Rabe Orchards, LLC
  • Robert Bush Farms
  • R.L. Shafer Farm
  • Shull Farms
  • Sid and Jill Whitaker
  • Slocum Tree Farms, LLC
  • Snider Farms LLC
  • Sponhauer Farms
  • Stony Acres Farm
  • Tate Bros Farms, Inc
  • Todd Greiner Farms
  • Todd Greiner Farms Packing
  • Tubbs Orchards
  • VanSickle Farms
  • VanAgtmael & Sons, Inc
  • VanAgtmael Orchards, Inc
  • VanDerZanDen Farms
  • Vinke Orchards Inc-Grinwis Farm
  • Vinke Orchards Inc-Peterson Farm
  • Whispering Creek Farms
  • Wm Burmeister Farms, Inc
  • Glenn Aebig Farm
  • Tad Aebig Farm
  • Aerts Farm Inc
  • Airport View Turkeys
  • Arbre Farms Inc
  • B & B Gardens, LLC
  • Better View Farm
  • BW Orchards, LLC-Benona
  • BW Orchards, LLC-Elbridge
  • Chris Crosby Farm
  • Clarence Chase Farm
  • Coulter Farms
  • Coulter Farms Storage
  • David Ramthun Farm
  • DeRuiter Farms, Inc
  • Earl L. Peterson
  • Earthscape Farms, LLC
  • Eck Farms
  • Evans Farms
  • Forner Farms, LLC
  • Four Star Farms
  • Fuehring Farms
  • Golden Hart Fruit Farms
  • Golden Stock Farms LLC
  • Greiner Rainbow Acres
  • Heeg Farms
  • Herrygers Farm LLC
  • Hintz Farms, LLC
  • Holladay Farms, LLC
  • John R. Williams Farm
  • Lewis Orchards, Inc

Congratulations everyone and thank you for your efforts and dedication to protecting our natural resources while producing top-quality Michigan-grown agricultural products.


2016 Farm & Forestry Tour  

  Mark Kelly, NRCS District Conservationist and Suzie Knoll, Oceana Conservation District Manager talked to the 2015 tour participants at Ken and Deborah Stotler’s restored wetland.

 

Mark Kelly, NRCS District Conservationist and Suzie Knoll, Oceana Conservation District Manager talked to the 2015 tour participants at Ken and Deborah Stotler’s restored wetland.

  Raymond Gurley, Oceana Conservation District Forester shows the 2015 Farm & Forestry tour group the results of aspen management done by the US Forest Service on a tract within the Manistee National Forest.

 

Raymond Gurley, Oceana Conservation District Forester shows the 2015 Farm & Forestry tour group the results of aspen management done by the US Forest Service on a tract within the Manistee National Forest.

Mark your calendars for the morning of Saturday, August 6th. The Oceana Conservation District (OCD) in partnership with the Oceana County Farm Bureau (OCFB) and the local USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will host its 4th annual farm bus tour. The conservation tour is funded through an educational grant to the OCFB from NRCS for the purpose of promoting Farm Bill Programs and the Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program (MAEAP).

The tour will begin at a location with ample parking in the Shelby vicinity at 9 am sharp. A bus will take our guests to area farms in Shelby and Ferry Townships to view and learn about a variety of environmental stewardship practices implemented on the visited farms.  Practices highlighted during the tour will include: Pesticide Storage & Handling, Proper fuel storage, Windbreaks, Drift Management, Irrigation Management, Native Grass and/or Pollinator Plantings, Pasture Management, Composting, Animal Waste Management and Forest Management. A complimentary lunch will be provided at noon on route or back at our meeting point. The tour is free but reservations are needed by August 3rd. To receive further details or to RSVP, call 861-5600 or e-mail lynda.herremans@mi.nacdnet.net.