MAEAP (Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program)

Kitty Kurtis Farm in Greenwood Township in Clare County is owned by the Brown family and is operated by Ken & Pat Brown and their son Ian Humphres. It is the first farm MAEAP verified in Clare county and one of the few in Michigan that has been MAEAP verified by MDA on all three systems Farmstead, Livestock and Cropland. The Kitty Kurtis farm is located about 4 miles west of Harrison on M-61. It has 1,560 acres in the farm located in 3 adjacent sections 16, 17 & 21 of Greenwood Township. This farm is a cow/calf operation with about 270 cows and equal number of calves. Cows begin calving in April. The calves remain with the mother cows until fall when they are shipped to other farms owned by the Brown Family, for finishing before being shipped to market.

There were a number of environmental issues that needed to be addressed prior to being verified. Cattle needed to be fenced out of the streams, stream crossings needed to be provided, and watering sited established. At the Farmstead, new fueling stations were installed, approved chemical storage provided, as well as a number of other issues addressed