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The Michigan Water Stewardship Program (MWSP) provides educational, technical, and financial assistance to Michigan residents and agricultural producers to identify and reduce environmental risks to groundwater and surface water resources.  The program is funded through fees assessed on sales of pesticides and nitrogen fertilizers.  MWSP-sponsored education, technical assistance and cost-share help individuals reduce the risk of groundwater contamination associated with the use of pesticide and nitrogen fertilizer use.

MWSP has joined with the Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program (MAEAP) to develop and promote a recognized, voluntary, proactive environmental assurance program targeted to the agricultural industry, which ensures that producers are engaged in cost-effective pollution prevention practices and are in compliance with environmental regulations.  MAEAP takes a comprehensive systems approach to assist farms of all sizes and all commodities in voluntarily evaluating their farms for environmental risks to prevent or minimize pollution risks.  The three systems are:  livestock, farmstead and cropping.

The MWSP is a cooperative statewide effort between: 

A variety of agricultural risk assessment tools are available which are designed to coordinate the pollution prevention efforts of the Michigan Water Stewardship Program and the Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program.

Farmstead Assessment System (Farm*A*Syst)

Farm*A*Syst identifies potential environmental risks posed by farmstead operations.  Farm*A*Syst focuses on activities at the farm headquarters, such as agricultural chemical storage, mixing and loading, water well construction and management, and other activities.  Technical assistance with completing Farm*A*Syst evaluations is available free of charge from the Michigan Water Stewardship Program.  Farm*A*Syst is voluntary and confidential.

Crop*A*Syst
Crop*A*Syst focuses on management practices in the field for four (4) different commodities:

 

Yancho family with the sign showing their farm has been environmentally verifiedMichigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program (MAEAP)

The Michigan Water Stewardship Program has joined with the Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program to develop and promote a recognized, voluntary, proactive environmental assurance program targeted to the agricultural industry, which ensures that producers are engaged in cost-effective pollution prevention practices and are in compliance with environmental regulations.  MAEAP takes a comprehensive systems approach to assist farms of all sizes and all commodities in voluntarily evaluating their farms for environmental risks to prevent or minimize pollution risks.  The three systems are:  Livestock, Farmstead and Cropping.

 

 

 

 

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