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Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program

MAEAP is a voluntary, risk reduction program for agricultural producers of all sizes and commodities.

Cost-share opportunities exist for landowners enrolled in the program.

Learn more about MAEAP and other opportunities for Ingham and Eaton County producers HERE








Free Testing of Private Well Drinking Water

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Well water screenings are sponsored by the Ingham Conservation District and the Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program (MAEAP). It is paid for by funds generated from Michigan pesticide and fertilizer registration and tonnage fees. There is no fee to participants for this service.

Samples from drinking water wells will be screened only for nitrate and nitrite. The screening is open
to everyone who uses a personal well for drinking water. This service is for private drinking water wells only.  Please do not bring samples from public water supplies or non-drinking water sources. Only drinking water well samples will be tested.

Use the links below to download a sample form and instructions on collecting your sample.

well water sample flyer ingham fair  (includes instructions for collecting you sample)

Well Water Sampling Form


Use the tabs below to find news and important dates from:

Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program (MAEAP)

Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)

Michigan State University Extension (MSUE)

Farm Service Agency (FSA)

Ingham County Farm Bureau

Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program – MAEAP

MAEAP sign

The Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program (MAEAP) is an innovative and proactive program that helps farms of all sizes and all commodities prevent or minimize agricultural pollution risks. 
MAEAP is voluntary, confidential, and non-regulatory. In 2015, there were 35 new MAEAP verifications including 6 verifications for Livestock, 13 for Farmstead and 11 for Cropping and 1 for Greenhouse. There were also 200 Risk Reductions across Ingham and Eaton Counties.  Risk Reductions can include implementation of conservation practices (such as those listed below), records management, nutrient management, and reducing risks from pesticide, fuel, fertilizer and other potential agricultural pollutants.  
Some examples of practices that have been put in place to help farms achieve verification include nutrient management plans, pest management plans, buffer/filter strips, cover crops and restricting livestock access to local lakes, rivers and streams.  
Visit the MAEAP website to learn more or contact the Eaton Conservation District office at 517-543-1512 ext 5.

Natural Resources Conservation Service – NRCS


The Michigan Natural Resources Conservation Service (originally named the Soil Conservation Service) provides conservation technical assistance to Michigan landowners.  In partnership with local Conservation Districts, the NRCS promotes and supports conservation on private lands through a number of federal conservation programs

To stay updated on the latest NRCS news, visit the Michigan NRCS Newsroom.

2014 Farm Bill (Current Farm Bill)

A comparison of programs included in the 2008 and 2014 bills is available here. Current contracts enrolled in Farm Bill programs are not affected.

Key program changes include:

  • Financial assistance programs: The Environmental Quality Incentives Program, or EQIP, will absorb the Wildlife Habitat Incentive Program and make similar practices available. The Conservation Stewardship Program and Agricultural Management Assistance will be continued.
  • Easement programs: The agency’s key easement programs will be merged into a new program called the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program, or ACEP. ACEP includes the former Wetlands Reserve Program, Grasslands Reserve Program and Farm and Ranchlands Protection Program. Funding for wetland and grassland protection expired Sept. 30, 2013, and the 2014 Farm Bill reinstates funding for these critical efforts under ACEP.
  • Partnership programs: The agency’s regional conservation efforts have a home in a new program – the Regional Conservation Partnership Program, or RCPP. Critical conservation areas for this new program will be designated by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. NRCS will also select project areas at the state and national level.

Conservation Assistance through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP)

Farmers and non-industrial forest landowners interested in financial assistance through the EQIP may apply for funding for conservation improvements such as cover crops, nutrient management, pest management, prescribed grazing, installation of wind breaks, forest stand management and many other practices.

Contact Karry Trickey, District Conservationist at 517-676-4644, or your local NRCS office, to learn more about the program and to develop a conservation plan before applying.  Successful applicants enter into a contract with NRCS to implement conservation activities and are reimbursed for a portion of the cost. 


Michigan State University Extension works to increase farmers’ success while protecting the environment, ensuring food safety, reaching new markets and advancing agriculture through applied research. Agriculture is now one of the fastest growing sectors of the Michigan economy. MSU Extension works to ensure it has a thriving knowledge base to become more competitive locally, regionally and internationally.
To stay updated on the latest MSUE agriculture news and programs, visit their Agriculture page.

Farm Service Agency – FSA

The Farm Service Agency serves farmers, ranchers, and agricultural partners through the delivery of effective, efficient agricultural programs and is dedicated to achieving an economically and environmentally sound future for American Agriculture.
Important FSA Dates for 2016 and Early 2017
Nov. 20, 2016: NAP Sales Closing Date For 2017 Perennial Crops*
Dec. 1, 2016: NAP Sales Closing Date For  2017 Honey And Maple Sap
Jan. 15, 2017: Certification Deadline For Perennial Crops*
Feb. 1, 2017: NAP Sales Closing Date, 2017 NAP Onions
March 15, 2017: NAP Application Sales Closing Date 2017 NAP Annual Crops 
Continuous: Farm Loan applications may be accepted at any time.
Continuous: Continuous Conservation Reserve Program offers may be made at any time.
To stay up to date on FSA news, visit the FSA/USDA Newsroom.
Program Fact Sheets can be found at; click on Newsroom, then Fact Sheets.



The mission of the Michigan Farm Bureau is to represent, protect and enhance the business, economic, social and educational interests of their farmer members.  The Ingham County Farm Bureau is dedicated to defending the rights and economic interests of its members.  Visit the Ingham County Farm Bureau website for information about membership, programs and events.