Berrien Conservation District

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New Farms Achieving MAEAP Verification in 2022

NOEL FARM BECOMES MAEAP VERIFIED


Berrien Springs, Mich.- August 11, 2022, Noel Farm achieved verification in the Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program (MAEAP). MAEAP is a voluntary program aimed at helping producers protect the environment by implementing conservation practices.


"I wish we would have contacted MAEAP long ago. They coached us through the verification process and made it really easy. Moreover, they have advised and educated us in a number of important areas.” Said Mark Landiak, Owner of Noel Farm.


To participate, Noel Farm worked together with Berrien County Conservation District to identify steps to reduce pollution. Noel Farm worked at its own pace to implement conservation practices to alleviate those potential environmental risks. Once they made changes, a MAEAP verifier made sure that the operation was following the guidelines outlined in MAEAP’s systems of recognition


MAEAP has four systems in which producers can become verified: Farmstead;

Cropping; Livestock; and Forest, Wetlands, and Habitat. Noel Farm is recognized for

stewardship practices in the Farmstead and Cropping systems, which looks at the following:


  1. Farmstead- operational practices on the entire farm focusing on protecting

surface and groundwater

B. Cropping- field-based practices such as water use, soil conservation, and

nutrient management.


“Working with MAEAP has been really valuable and saved us so much time.  We look forward to continuing our partnership with MAEAP in the years to come as we grow our farm business in an environmentally friendly way." Said Landiak.


Noel farm is a Christmas Tree farm, owned and operated by Mark and Barbara Landiak located in Berrien Springs, Michigan.

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KRAUSS TREE FARM BECOMES VERIFIED

Buchanan, Mich.- October 7, 2022, Krauss Tree Farm achieved verification in the Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program (MAEAP).

MAEAP is a voluntary program aimed at helping producers protect the environment by implementing conservation practices.


"We are extremely proud that the Berrien County Conservation District with the assistance of Lisa Kuntz and Josh Appleby, helped us achieve this recognition.” Said Robert Krauss, Owner of Krauss Tree Farm.


Krauss Tree Farm worked with Berrien County Conservation District to identify necessary steps to implement conservation practices on their 36 acres of tree farm to alleviate those potential environmental risks. Upon completion of the risk assessments and any necessary changes, a MAEAP verifier made sure that the operation was following the guidelines outlined in MAEAP’s systems of recognition


Krauss Tree Farm is recognized for

stewardship practices in the Forest Wetland Habitat system (FWH), which looks at the following:


  1. (FWH) forest health, soil conservation, and restoring habitat and wetlands

Krauss Tree farm, owned and managed by Robert and Amelia Krauss in the community of Buchanan Mi, became members of the American Tree Farm System in 1982. They have improved their forest throughout the years with the assistance of a professional state forester, Jeff Steinkraus, who wrote them a Forest Management Plan. This plan assisted them with putting in practices that would result in a healthy woodlot and assist with preserving areas for wildlife habitat and clean water. MAEAP was a great fit to assist with additional resources and further the Krauss’s commitment to maintain the forest health, soil conservation, and further restore habitat and wetlands.




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