The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is proud to announce that two of its state game areas have been named verified farms in the Farmstead System of the Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program for implementing appropriate pollution prevention practices.
Pointe Mouillee State Game Area near Rockwood in southeast Michigan and the Fennville Farm Unit of the Allegan State Game Area near Fennville in southwest Michigan were both verified. The program assists farmers in complying with state and federal environmental regulations and with Right to Farm practices.
Pointe Mouillee was also certified in the Cropping System, which is an additional category of certification under the program. Fennville Farm currently is working toward this certification and expects to have it by early next year. Both state game areas farm portions of the land to provide food and cover for many wildlife species, including migrating waterfowl, turkeys, rabbits and deer.
The Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program is a multiyear program, allowing agricultural producers to meet personal objectives while best managing both time and resources. The program encompasses three categories designed to help producers evaluate the environmental risks of their operation. Each category – Livestock, Farmstead and Cropping – examines a different aspect of a farm, as each has a different environmental impact. By participating in all three categories, producers can comprehensively evaluate their entire farming operation for potential environmental risks.
For more information, visit www.maeap.org or contact Jan Wilford, MDARD’s Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program manager, at 517-241-4730. To learn more about Pointe Mouillee State Game Area and the Fennville Farm Unit of the Allegan State Game Area, visit www.michigan.gov/wetlandwonders.