The Michigan Association of Conservation Districts plans to launch a new Michigan Climate Smart Farm Project in the Western Lake Erie Basin later this year.
Executive director Dan Moilanen says the pilot will support small and underserved producers in Washtenaw, Lenawee, Monroe, and Wayne counties.
“It’s going to be a climate verification system that’s basically adjacent to the MAEAP program,” he explains. “A farmer can get environmentally verified and then also be carbon climate verified, and then they can market their products as such as being climate-smart products.”
The Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program (MAEAP) is a state-funded program that supports farmers’ voluntary environmental stewardship efforts.