The Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program (MAEAP) is a voluntary, free and confidential program that provides educational, technical and financial assistance to agricultural producers and residents to identify and reduce surface and groundwater contamination risks. The program encourages individuals to take voluntary, proactive steps to protect Michigan’s water quality and, therefore, the quality of our drinking water. Pesticide registration and tonnage fees levied on the purchase of all nitrogen fertilizers and pesticides pay for this service — so in a way, you’re already paying for our assistance with every bag of nitrogen fertilizer and pesticide you buy. Agricultural producers who participate in the MAEAP program can become environmentally assured through the Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program. Environmental assurance indicates a farm is in conformance with state and federal environmental laws and guidelines and is protecting Michigan’s important natural resources for use by future generations. Agricultural operations can be verified in any combination of three applicable systems: Farmstead, Cropping, and Livestock. MAEAP verification is available for all types and sizes of farms and all commodities – including for nurseries, greenhouses, and fruit growers.
Through the Michigan Agriculture, Environmental Assurance Program, Branch, and St. Joseph county farmers and growers can prepare for MAEAP verification in Farmstead, Cropping, and Livestock systems. Our Technical staff can assess the conditions at your farm, suggest corrective or improvement steps you can take to meet MAEAP requirements, demonstrate cost-effective solutions you can implement to reduce ground and surface water pollution and can even offer cost-share to help pay for some of these practices and improvements! We’ll help you right through the process, representing your best interests and making the verification process as easy and swift as possible.