What's a MEAP?

There are many, many different agriculture 'Best Practices' from raising chickens to managing buffalo. Often an inspection by the Michigan Department of Rural Development may help when dealing with local officials and public concerns about your farm operations. The MEAP or Michigan Environmental Assurance Program is a free service provided by Department of Agriculture helping farmers manage livestock, address pollutants and field run-off in a safe manner.

There is a MEAP guideline for nearly every type of farming. Livestock, Tree Nursery, Forestry... eight in all. For more information.... https://www.michigan.gov/mdard/0,4610,7-125-1599_25432---,00.html

MEAP's dovetail with the GAAMP management guidelines .

Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program (MAEAP)

Through MAEAP, Michigan farmers and agricultural stakeholders have taken a proactive approach to guarantee farms are both sustainable and environmentally-friendly. As one of the most agriculturally diverse states, the one-size-fits-all approach to environmental protection simply does not work on all Michigan farms. MAEAP effectively overcomes this challenge by using a systems approach including a site and crop specific focus that involves education, risk assessments and third party audit inspections to address all soil and water resource concerns.

The complete guidelines are available here - https://www.michigan.gov/mdard/0,4610,7-125-1599_25432-12819--,00.html