News and Information for Mid-Michigan Agricultural Producers
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
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.
Farm Service Agency – FSA
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
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.
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