Results and AccomplishmentsThe MAEAP program is addressing the informational needs of farmers in the following ways:
• Used Natural Resources Conservation Service technical standards for new practices.
• Adopted a Comprehensive Nutrient Management Plan (CNMP) for the Livestock System.
• Developed a program to help small and medium-sized livestock facility owners prepare for a CNMP.
• Trained more than 3,000 farmers and technical assistance providers locally.
• Helped pass legislation granting confi dentiality for information provided in a conservation plan and authority for the MI
Department of Agriculture to grant verification.
• Verified the first farms in the Livestock System in 2002, the Farmstead System in 2003, and the Cropping System in early 2005.
• Included applicable state and federal environmental regulations and Right to Farm practices as a part of the MAEAP system verification.
• Funded the MAEAP specialists in seven conservation districts to assist landowners.
• Held the first statewide Agriculture’s Conference on the Environment.
• The core MAEAP group traveled to Washington, D.C. to discuss linking with the Farm Bill’s Conservation Security Program. MAEAP was selected as regional fi nalist in The Council of State Governments 2005 Innovations Awards Program.