What Is MAEAP?

The Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program (MAEAP) is an innovative, proactive program that helps farm, of all sizes and commodities, voluntarily minimize agricultural pollution risks. MAEAP was developed by a coalition of farmers, commodity groups, state and federal agencies, and conservation and environmental groups.
Who Can Get Verified?

In a state as agriculturally diverse as Michigan, a one-size-fits-all approach to environmental protection simply does not work. That’s why MAEAP offers four customized systems to meet the specific needs of farmers. From greenhouses to dairy farms, there’s a place in MAEAP for everyone.

Meet Our Technician

Monroe Conservation District would like to introduce Rob Bates as the new Western Lake Erie Basin (WLEB) MAEAP Technician for Monroe County, replacing Ben Lehr. Rob is a Western Lake Erie Basin native growing up in Williams and Wyandot Counties in Ohio, where his family had a small farm that began with sheep and wool production before converting to a three crop rotation. Rob’s family also maintained a large vegetable garden, with numerous asparagus plots, strawberries, apples, and sweet cherries.

He obtained his BS in Wildlife Management from Ohio State University in 2000, and has worked on projects focusing on threatened/endangered species and habitat restoration in Ohio, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Utah and California prior to relocating to southeastern Michigan with his wife and two daughters.

Not only will Rob be available to assist producers go through the MAEAP process in the Western Lake Erie Basin but the district will also make use of his background in wildlife management. For more information about this confidential, voluntary MAEAP program that simply assesses any risks you may have on your farm, and for a first time MAEAP assist you will qualify for up to 5 free soil samples.

Email: Robert.Bates@mi.nacdnet.net
Phone: 734-265-9313

For more information about MAEAP visit:

Monroe Conservation District
1137 South Telegraph Road, Monroe, MI 48161
734.265-9311     catherine.acerboni@mi.nacdnet.net