Jackson County Farm Bureau has pledged to help obtain 7 new MAEAP verifications in the county by the end of 2012.

This comprehensive, voluntary, proactive program is designed to reduce farmers' legal and environmental risks through a three-phase process: 1) education; 2) farm-specific risk assessment; and 3) on-farm verification that ensures the farmer has implemented environmentally sound practices. The program's three systems -- Cropping, Farmstead and Livestock -- each examine different aspects of the farm. After becoming MAEAP verified, a farm can display a MAEAP sign signifying that MAEAP partners recognize the farm is environmentally assured.

MAEAP benefits Michigan by:
-Protecting natural resources using environmentally sound practices.
-Having emergency plans ready to deal with the unexpected.
-Using proven scientific standards to protect our air, water and soil.
-Maximizing natural fertilizer use and reducing use of fertilizers made from fossil fuels.
-Making good neighbors.
-Helping protect the Great Lakes.
-Ensuring safe storage of fuel, fertilizer and chemicals.
-Balancing efficient production and sound environmental practices.
-Taking care of the land while making a living from the land.

Jackson County Farm Bureau recognizes and congratulates these farms already verified in Jackson County:

Blossom Farms, LLC - Farmstead, Cropping and Livestock

Family Crest Farms - Farmstead and Cropping

Gaylord Lincoln Farm - Farmstead

North Concord Farms - Farmstead and Cropping

Pickett Angus Farm - Farmstead, Cropping and Livestock

Sandhill Crane Vineyards - Farmstead and Cropping

Smith Farm - Farmstead

Tom Sterle Farms - Farmstead

Weir Farms - Farmstead, Cropping and Livestock