Agriculture Commission and MI Dept. of Agriculture & Rural Development Seeking Public Input on Agricultural Management PracticesAgency: Agriculture and Rural Development
Deadline to provide comment is December 12, 2014
For immediate release: November 12, 2014
Media contact: Jennifer Holton, 517-284-5724 or firstname.lastname@example.org
LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan Commission of Agriculture and Rural Development and the Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development (MDARD) today announced a public input meeting and review period has been scheduled for December 12, 2014 in order to gather comments on the 2015 drafts of the state’s Generally Accepted Agricultural and Management Practices (GAAMPs).
Public comment will be taken on all of the following GAAMPs. There are proposed changes in the GAAMPs for: Manure Management and Utilization, the Care of Farm Animals, and Site Selection and Odor Control for New and Expanding Livestock Facilities. The GAAMPs regarding Pesticide Utilization and Pest Control, Farm Markets, Nutrient Utilization, Cranberry Production, and Irrigation Water Use have no proposed changes for 2015.
The GAAMPs public input meeting will be held at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, December 12, 2014, in the Lake Superior Conference Room at the State of Michigan Library and Historical Center located at 702 West Kalamazoo Street, Lansing, Michigan.
Written comments may be submitted to MDARD’s Environmental Stewardship Division, P.O. Box 30017, Lansing, MI 48909 and postmarked no later than December 12, 2014, or sent via e-mail to WilcoxR2@michigan.gov by 5 p.m. on December 12, 2014. MDARD will forward all comments received by the due date to the respective GAAMPs Task Force Committee Chairpersons for consideration prior to final review and adoption.
The Michigan Right to Farm Act provides nuisance protection for farms and farm operations. In order to have this protection, the farm or farm operation must conform to GAAMPs, which are approved by the Michigan Commission of Agriculture and Rural Development. These GAAMPs are reviewed annually by committees of various experts, and revised and updated as necessary.
For a copy of any of these GAAMPs including the proposed revisions, please visit www.michigan.gov/righttofarm, or contact the MDARD’s Environmental Stewardship Division at (517) 284-5619, or toll free at (877) 632-1783.