Last Evening’s MAEAP Training Was Tremendous

POSTED IN For Growers, For Members ON 3/27/2015

Screen Shot 2015-03-27 at 1.34.02 PMThe Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program is a voluntary, proactive environmental assurance program. Over 2,600 farms in Michigan have been verified as of this date, with many more currently in the process. Thank you to all the saskatoon growers that attended last night’s program. Clearly there are benefits to growers, consumers, the state, and the environment as this program develops. Thank you also to Laura and Jessica for your efforts. Your experience and drive are an asset for our region. The Saskatoon Berry Institute of North America will evaluate ways that we can continue to partner with MAEAP in pursuing our common goals. This program is only offered in Michigan. Each county has a MAEAP Technician that can help farms evaluate their readiness, and help with the verification process. If you live in other states, provinces or countries, you might check with local agricultural extension officer to see if there is a similar program where you live. While not quite the same as being there, you are welcome to take a look at the PowerPoint presentation for the evening: MAEAP overview Saskatoon For more information, you can also go to: www.maeap.org

MAEAP Verification Training Scheduled in Grand Traverse County

POSTED IN For Members ON 3/20/2015

Screen Shot 2015-03-20 at 8.02.22 AMThe Saskatoon Berry Institute of North America is teaming up with the Grand Traverse Conservation District to provide a Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program (MAEAP) Orientation program on Thursday, March 26th, 2015 at 6:00 PM at Acme Township Hall near Traverse City, MI.

  • MAEAP is a FREE, voluntary, non-regulatory and proactive program that helps farms of all sizes and all commodities prevent or minimize agricultural pollution risks.
  • MAEAP addresses environmental risks for the entire farmstead, from safe fuel handling to the proper storage of fertilizers and pesticides as well as record keeping issues related to cropping activities.
  • MAEAP follows the Michigan Generally Accepted Agriculture Management Practices (GAAMPs), which are the standards for Right to Farm compliance.
  • Verified farms receive:

1) A FREE “This Farm is Environmentally Verified” sign 2) Promotion by press releases 3) Recognition by MDARD 4) Discounts on basic liability insurance (Farm Bureau) 5) And more Additional information can be found at http://natureiscalling.org/restore/farmlands/maeap/ or www.maeap.org If you have interest in MAEAP Verification for your farm, please reply to this email to reserve your seat for this session. The informative presentation may take about 45 minutes. Interested parties can make major progress toward verification if they stay after the presentation for about the same amount of time. There is no charge for this program. Hope to see you there!