A big thank you to everyone in the conservation and agriculture communities in Michigan for all your efforts in support of the Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program (MAEAP) over the last several months.
The MAEAP legislation which has worked its way through the legislature was passed on Thursday, June 18th and sent on to the Governor's desk for signature.
We appreciate your strong support and your calls to legislators in support of the program and MAEAP funding. We look forward to continuing our work with Michigan Conservation Districts as the delivery system for the technical assistance provided to farmers and landowners through this program and working with stakeholders as partners to continue growing MAEAP for the benefit of Michiganders and our natural resources.
MACD would also like to thank Representative Dan Lauwers, District 81 for his leadership in sponsoring the original legislation, House Bill 4391, a compromise version of which passed through the Senate on June 18th. And, we would like make special note of the leadership of Director Jamie Clover Adams and her staff at the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, they provided significant leadership and support throughout the lengthy legislative process.
MAEAP is an extremely important program for Michigan's agriculture community. This innovative, proactive program helps farms of all sizes and all commodities voluntarily prevent or minimize agricultural pollution risks. Created in Michigan, by Michigan's farmers, commodity groups, conservation and environmental groups, and state and federal agencies, MAEAP provides a systems approach for farmers and landowners to understand management options that will help to protect and enhance their operation and the quality of our natural resources. To learn more about MAEAP, visit www.maeap.org