Since MAEAP was signed into law in 2011, it is has helped thousands of farmers improve their operations in ways that can help reduce impacts to water quality.
To date, over 4,800 verifications have been done on farms in Michigan that have completed all required steps in the program. MDARD’s most recent MAEAP Overview for FY2017 describes several other indicators of success that speak to water quality outcomes and farmer engagement including participation in training events and tons of sediment and phosphorus loading reduced. MAEAP outcomes for phosphorus reductions are also mentioned in MDARD’s Scorecard, which was most recently updated in 2016. In 2017, MAEAP began implementation of a new reporting database that will assist with improved tracking of quantitative outcomes going forward.