Shiawassee County farm honored as the 1000th MAEAP verification

Lee Sesquicentennial Farm in Laingsburg was honored Oct. 17 as the 1000th Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program (MAEAP) verification. 

Keith Creagh (right), MDARD director, honored MAEAP-verified farmer Larry Lee (middle) and Annette Lee (left) Oct.17, 2011.

Keith Creagh (right), Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) director, honored MAEAP-verified farmer Larry Lee (middle) and Annette Lee (left) on Monday, October 17, 2011. The Lee's farm in Laingsburg was honored for being the 1,000th MAEAP verification. Photo by Mindy Pratt.

To become MAEAP verified, farmers must complete three comprehensive steps, which include attending an educational seminar, conducting a thorough on-farm assessment, and developing and implementing an action plan addressing potential environmental risks. The program encompasses three systems – Livestock, Farmstead and Cropping. The Lee Farm is verified in all three systems. 

State officials, legislators and agriculture and environmental partners were on hand to recognize the Lee Farm, along with many MSUE educators and specialists who provide educational programming to support farmers who wish to achieve MAEAP verification.

 Keith Creagh, Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) director, applauded Lee Farm and owners Larry and Annette Lee for “their proactive steps in assuring effective land stewardship practices.”

 Members of the Lee family have operated the farm since its founding in 1861. 

MSU Extension director Tom Coon talks with Jody Pollock-Newsom, host of the Michigan Farm and Garden Show

Dr. Tom Coon, director of Michigan State University Extension, talks to Jody Pollok-Newsom, host of the Michigan Farm and Garden Show during a celebration of the 1,000th MAEAP verification held at the Lee Sesquicentennial Farm in Laingsburg on Monday, October 17, 2011. Photo by Mindy Pratt.

I had the opportunity to attend as well and had a chance to talk to Jody Pollok-Newsom, host of the Michigan Farm and Garden Show.

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