How to Get Stated with MAEAP
The Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program (MAEAP) is a voluntary program. We recognize and reward top stewards of the land. This is a statewide program delivered by conservation districts, local leaders you know.
MAEAP is open to ANY Michigan farmer or forest landowner. There are four categories of recognition:
MAEAP is free and is a good fit for both large and small farms. Everything we learn about your farm is 100% confidential. This is guaranteed by state law.
You can earn:
We can help you get started any time you want.
For more information or a visit, Contact:
Ph. (906) 428-1060 x 122
Rob Getzloff, Getz-Milk Dairy, was the first farm in the U.P. to get verified in MAEAP in 2006. Along with Holly Moss, MAEAP Technican.
Why Protect Groundwater?
Half of Michigan's residents rely on groundwater for their drinking water. Groundwater also recharges our surface water, which are used for drinking, as well as habitat for fish and other creatures in rivers, streams and lakes. Preventing groundwater contamination is necessary to sustain our health and quality of life here in the Great Lakes States.
There are four steps:
1. Learn: Attended a workshop or schedule a private meeting to learn if MAEAP is right for you.
2. Farm Visit: Invite our MAEAP Tech to tour your farm. Our technician will come out to visit. We will recommend practical step solutions to mitigate any issues.
3. Implement: Do the work at your own pace. We can help you work toward your goals and guide you to cost share opportunities.
4. Recognition: When the work is done, we will give you a sing to place on your farm and send you a certificate signed by the director of MDARD.
MAEAP benefits Michigan by:
With confidentiality guaranteed by law, MAEAP provides a structure under which Michigan farmers can be assured they are effectively following approved MAEAP standards. These standards include inspected practices that are consistent with the identified Right to Farm Generally Accepted Agricultural and Management Practices (GAAMPs) . Through MAEAP, farmers show that they are working to comply with state and federal environmental laws specific to each system of the program.