“It’s the right way to do things,” Brys said.
Coggon said about 66 operations in Antrim, Benzie, Leelanau, Grand Traverse and Kalkaska counties hold one or more MAEAP verifications. That includes three on the Leelanau Peninsula, where Coggon said other wineries are in the process of pursuing verification. In total his office is working with more than 250 area growers to achieve verification.
“A lot of times, a lot of the growers are already doing these things,” said Dan Busby, Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development verification specialist in northwest and central Michigan. “MAEAP just comes through and documents and verifies that farmers are following good practices and helping to protect our environment.”
Those attending Friday also heard a preview of a new Pure Michigan ad that focuses on the state’s wine industry.
Record-Eagle staff writer Brian McGillivary contributed to this article.