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The Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program is an innovative, proactive program that helps farms of all sizes and all commodities voluntarily prevent or minimize agricultural pollution risks.

MAEAP Features

3 Phases of MAEAP

Phase 1: Learn

Attend a qualifying workshop or other educational meeting on agriculture or wildlife habitat-related topics. Alternately, you can review educational materials on the MAEAP website at your own pace.

Phase 2: Assess

Invite our MAEAP technician to tour your farm. This technician will explain the program and recommend practical steps you can take to reduce the risk of erosion, runoff, and spills reaching public waters.Everything the technician learns about your farm will remain confidential. Once the technician leaves, you can implement the recommendations at your own pace.

Phase 3: Verification

Once the work is complete, reach back out to your technician and they will schedule a verifier from  the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development to  visit your farm to ensure the recommended practices are in place and address erosion and runoff risks on your land. When the Verifier is done, we will give you a sign to place on your farm and send you a certificate signed by the Director of the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.

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What you can earn:

  • Recognition as a top steward in the community

  • Regulatory protections

  • Preferred consideration for technical assistance and cost share

  • An enduring sense of accomplishment and pride

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