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 125 MAEAP verifications in Oceana County! Below is a list of farms who have one or more systems with MAEAP verifications in good standing. Systems include Farmstead, Cropping, Livestock, and Forests, Wetlands and Habitat. 

  • Kacynski Farms
  • Lake Effect Apiaries
  • 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
  • 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's 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
  • Casting Crowns
  • Chris Crosby Farm
  • Clarence Chase Farm
  • Coulter Farms
  • Coulter Farms Storage
  • David Ramthun Farm
  • DeRuiter Farms, Inc
  • Earl L. Peterson
  • Earthscape Farms, LLC
  • 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
  • Jancek Farm
  • J & H Fleming Farms, Inc.
  • Jerry Schaner Farm
  • 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.


2017 Farm Tour  

Suzie Knoll, Executive Director of Oceana Conservation District  showed participants the District's new Truax drill, which used to plant native grasses and wildflowers. District Board Chairman Eric Herrygers planted 150 acres this past spring on behalf of Oceana Conservation District. 

Suzie Knoll, Executive Director of Oceana Conservation District  showed participants the District's new Truax drill, which used to plant native grasses and wildflowers. District Board Chairman Eric Herrygers planted 150 acres this past spring on behalf of Oceana Conservation District. 

Oceana Conservation District teamed up with Oceana County Farm Bureau to offer a tour of local farms. The purpose of the tour is to highlight various conservation practices implemented by local agricultural producers as well as showcase the wide diversity of Oceana farm products. The tour was held August 15th with the starting point at Snider Farms, a turkey and hog producing farm just southeast of Hart. After a brief introduction from Oceana Farm Bureau President Norm Myers, the group of 55 individuals boarded a Hart School Bus driven by volunteer bus driver Lance VanSickle.

The first stop of the tour was Kasza Sugar Bush located just northeast of Shelby. Samuel Kasza told the group about their operation and showed a short video about the process of collecting sap from sugar maples and how it is turned in maple syrup. Participants were able to sample some maple candy.

From Kasza’s the bus went to Herrygers Farm in Elbridge Township. At this stop, Michigan Dept. of Agriculture, staff from NRCS, and the Conservation District talked about spill kits, fuel storage, agri-chemical handling facilities and the District’s new Truax no-till drill. The group looked at one example of deer exclusion fencing and Adam Kokx from Lake Effect Apiaries provided information on honey bees.

The group then headed back to Sniders where the Snider Family gave everyone a tour of their state of the art modern shop and explained the importance of bio-security for poultry and hog facilities. After the tour, the participants were treated to a catered dinner in the upstairs conference room of the Snider Farms shop building.

Caleb and Gerrit Herrygers of Herrygers Farms explained how their deer exclusion fencing works to protect their orchard from the effects of deer browsing and rubbing on trees. Nick Oomen of Oomen Brothers Farm also explained how they use fencing on their farm.

Caleb and Gerrit Herrygers of Herrygers Farms explained how their deer exclusion fencing works to protect their orchard from the effects of deer browsing and rubbing on trees. Nick Oomen of Oomen Brothers Farm also explained how they use fencing on their farm.

After Zack Snider explained the importance of biosecurity, Lynda Herremans, MAEAP Technician at Oceana Conservation District, discussed some of the many conservation practices used by the farm which resulted in them earning MAEAP Verifications for Farmstead, Cropping and Livestock on two farms. Snider Farms were presented with the 2016 Conservationist of the Year Award.

After Zack Snider explained the importance of biosecurity, Lynda Herremans, MAEAP Technician at Oceana Conservation District, discussed some of the many conservation practices used by the farm which resulted in them earning MAEAP Verifications for Farmstead, Cropping and Livestock on two farms. Snider Farms were presented with the 2016 Conservationist of the Year Award.