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Environmental Stewardship

Environmental Sustainability
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Environmental Stewardship

What We Do

We administer a wide variety of programs which provide for a safe and healthy environment, a viable natural resource base and a strong agricultural and forestry economy. We cooperate with, local, state, and federal programs and private landowners to strengthen the economic viability of the food, fiber, and agriculture industry, and help provide profitable economic opportunities for businesses on working lands.

Conservation Programs

Conservation Programs

Michigan's conservation programs utilize local, state, federal, and private sector resources to deliver programming designed to solve today's agricultural and natural resource problems.

Farmland Preservation

Farmland Preservation

The Farmland and Open Space Preservation Program or Public Act 116 (PA 116) Program preserves farmland from being developed for non-agricultural uses. 

Forestry

Forestry

The Forestry Programs are designed to help family forest owners manage their forests in an economically beneficial and environmentally sound manner.

Intercounty Drains

Intercounty Drains

County and intercounty drains play a key role in the development of agriculture, roads and highways, residential, and commercial properties by removing excess soil moisture, reducing flood impacts, and improving public health.

MAEAP

Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program (MAEAP)

MAEAP brings together training, risk assessment, technical assistance, conservation practice support, engineering, cost-share, and agency verification in an industry lead partnership dedicated to pollution prevention.

Migrant Labor Housing

Migrant Labor Housing

The Migrant Labor Housing is designed to ensure the safety of housing occupied by five or more migrant agricultural workers.

Right to Farm

Right to Farm

The Michigan Right to Farm Act provides broad definitions of a farm, its operations and products as well as a process for the development and adoption of Generally Accepted Agricultural and Management Practices (GAAMPs).