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Started in 1998, MAEAP is a voluntary program that recognizes farmers who are top stewards of their land. MAEAP helps farmers adopt cost-effective practices that reduce erosion and runoff into ponds, streams, and rivers. This, in turn, helps farmers comply with state and federal laws. The program includes four steps:

Three men in an orchard holding a sign that says "This Farm is Environmentally Verified"
  • Attend an education workshop
  • Invite a local MAEAP technician to tour your farm
  • Implement practices recommended by the technician
  • Earn recognition for your work

MAEAP recognition can be earned in one or more of four areas: Farmstead; Cropping; Livestock; and Forest, Wetlands, & Habitat. Farmers who earn MAEAP recognition will receive a sign to place on their farm.

MAEAP is open to all Michigan farmers. You can start MAEAP at any time. Farmers who start or receive recognition by certain dates will be at an advantage for cost share, grants, and other assistance programs.

Thousands of farmers have already received their MAEAP designations. Earn yours today!

This program is free. Everything we learn about your farm is 100% confidential. This is guaranteed by state law.