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MAEAP to Host Celebration for 5,000 Verifications
Michigan Ag Connection - 03/20/2019

To celebrate its 5,000th verification, the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development's (MDARD) Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program (MAEAP) will host a celebration on March 21 at the Lansing Center.

The event will include partner exhibits, a luncheon, special guest speakers, and a presentation of awards. Among the speakers will be Matthew J. Lohr, Chief of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service.

The event will conclude with an awards ceremony honoring 13 of the earliest farms involved in the program that have maintained their verification status and are leaders in demonstrating effective environmental sustainability.

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The event runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and some of the celebration includes:

- Exhibits

- Lunch

- Ceremony

- MDARD Director Gary McDowell

- USDA NRCS Chief Matt Lohr

MAEAP is a voluntary environmental program that works individually with farmers to identify and mitigate environmental risks on farms that could result in groundwater or surface water contamination. The program evaluates various aspects of farms based on four systems: Farmstead, Cropping, Livestock, and Forest, Wetlands and Habitat. After mitigating risks on the farm associated with one of the systems, MDARD staff visit the farm to verify the implementation of practices and verify the farm as meeting the program standards.

The 5,000th Verification Celebration will recognize more than 1,000 producers and partners for their continued support and dedication to protecting the environment. It is a culmination of all the hard work and investment producers have made to reach 5,000 verifications, a goal that was originally set when MAEAP was codified into law in 2011.

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