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Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program

The face of the Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program (MAEAP) in our area is Jodi DeHate.  Jodi provides assistance to agricultural producers in Crawford, Kalkaska, Missaukee and Wexford counties, enabling them to assess their environmental risks and come up with solutions.

MAEAP and Hopkins Donkey Farm
Larry and Carol Thompson of Hopkins Donkey Farm proudly display signage following their certification with the MAEAP program.

Overall, the MAEAP program is going well, with just over 5000  verifications to date. Jodi helped with adding  12 verifications to that number this past year.

MAEAP can help a farm with reducing risk to the environment. The program works with various agencies to help farmers, voluntarily achieve the goal of being compliant under Right to Farm Act.

MAEAP Program focuses on forest & wetland owners

The Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program (MAEAP) has added a new tool to help those that have property that isn’t in traditional agriculture. The Forestry, Wetlands, and Habitat tool is a similar tool to the other MAEAP offerings except, of course this focuses on forests, wetland, and other habitats and how they are managed. Jodi (Venema) DeHate can help guide you through this tool.

For full details of the MAEAP program, visit