(AREA) -- The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development's Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program has recognized Brown Brothers Farms in Sandusky as a verified farm in the Cropping and Livestock Systems for implementing appropriate pollution prevention practices. The program assists farmers to comply with state and federal environmental regulations and with Right to Farm practices. The Sanilac Conservation District provided technical assistance.
To become MAEAP verified, farmers must complete three comprehensive steps, which include attending an educational seminar, conducting a thorough on-farm risk assessment, and developing and implementing an action plan addressing potential environmental risks. In March of 2011, Governor Rick Snyder signed Senate Bill 122 and House Bill 4212, now Public Acts 1 and 2 of 2011, to codify the Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program into law.
An average of 5,000 Michigan farmers attend educational programs annually; 10,000 Michigan farms have started the verification process; and more than 1,500 farms have been verified to date.