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  • Right to Farm Program

    The Right to Farm (RTF) program within the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) responds to nuisance complaints involving farms and will assess a farm operation at a farmer's request. Program staff evaluate farm activities to decide whether a farm is following the Generally Accepted Agricultural and Management Practices (GAAMPs). Staff are also available to answer any questions or participate in outreach activities to help farmers, neighbors, and local government officials understand the RTF Act.

  • Right to Farm Act Contact Information

    For more information, contact:

    Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development
    Right to Farm Program
    P.O. Box 30017
    Lansing, MI 48909

    PH: 517-284-5619, 877-632-1783

    Email: MDARD-RTF@michigan.gov

     
  • Forms

    GAAMPs Review Application

  • Right To Farm Act 93 of 1981 PDF icon
  • FY2018 Right to Farm Proactive Annual Report PDF icon
  • FY2018 Right to Farm Complaints Annual Report PDF icon

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Overview

  • What are GAAMPs?

    GAAMPs are guidelines for farm management that help promote a positive image of Michigan agriculture. They were developed and adopted by the Michigan Commission of Agriculture and Rural Development because of the Michigan Right to Farm Act, P.A. 93, enacted in 1981. Farmes who follow GAAMPs are afforded a certain level of protection if a nuisance complaint is filed against them.

  • FY2018 Right to Farm GAAMPs Review Annual Report PDF icon

Manure Management / Utilization GAAMPs

  • Draft 2020 Manure Management and Utilization GAAMPs PDF icon
  • 2019 Manure Management and Utilization GAAMPs PDF icon

    GAAMPs for Manure Management and Utilization were first adopted in June 1988. Careful storage, handling, and land application of manure is needed to utilize nutrients, control odors, and protect water resources. These practices include recommendations for: Runoff Control, Odor Management, Manure Storage Facility Design, Manure Application to Land, Record Keeping, and Manure Management System Plans.

Site Selection GAAMPs

Care of Farm Animals GAAMPs

  • Draft 2020 Care of Farm Animals GAAMPs PDF icon
  • 2019 Care of Farm Animals GAAMPs PDF icon

    GAAMPs for the Care of Farm Animals were first adopted in 1995 and include 19 species of animals raised on Michigan farms. Animal care includes nutrition, manure management and sanitation, animal handling and restraint, transportation, facilities and equipment, health care and medical procedures, and recommendations for the environment. Domestication of livestock has made farm animals dependent on humans. Humans have responded to this dependence with a commitment to practice humane conduct toward domestic animals and to prevent avoidable suffering at all stages of their lives.

Nutrient Utilization GAAMPs

  • Draft 2020 Nutrient Utilization GAAMPs PDF icon
  • 2019 Nutrient Utilization GAAMPs PDF icon

    GAAMPs for Nutrient Utilization include guidance on environmentally sound land application of commercial fertilizers, manure, and other organic materials; such as food processing by-products, municipal wastes, and aquatic plant materials for crop production. Nutrient management practices include regular soil testing, manure nutrient analysis, and realistic crop yield goals. Areas covered by these practices include: On farm fertilizer storage/containment, Land application of fertilizer, Soil conservation and erosion control, Irrigation management, and Container grown (greenhouse) plants.

  • On-farm Composting Registration Form PDF icon

Irrigation Water Use GAAMPs

  • Draft 2020 Irrigation Water Use GAAMPs PDF icon
  • 2019 Irrigation Water Use GAAMPs PDF icon

    GAAMPs for Irrigation Water Use are based on the core principle of stewardship. Stewardship in irrigation management includes conservation of water quantity, protection of water quality, and productivity of soil, plant quality, and crop yield. The GAAMPs do not establish legal criteria to resolve water use conflicts nor do they confer priority rights to water use. 

Pesticide Utilization/Pest Control GAAMPs

  • Draft 2020 Pesticide Utilization and Pest Control GAAMPs PDF icon
  • 2019 Pesticide Utilization and Pest Control GAAMPs PDF icon

    American agriculture has been able to meet consumer demands for a reliable and abundant food supply through the use of improved technology. For over 50 years, this technology has included the use of pesticides and other pest management techniques. GAAMPs for Pesticide Utilization and Pest Control were first adopted in 1991. They address worker safety, application procedures, transportation, storage, disposal of unused pesticides and containers, and record keeping.

Cranberry Production GAAMPs

  • Draft 2020 Cranberry Production GAAMPs PDF icon
  • 2019 Cranberry Production GAAMPs PDF icon

    Michigan has a favorable climate, proper soils, and the fruit processing capability to support a significant cranberry industry. Producers need to follow sound pesticide utilization/pest control, nutrient utilization, and other technical management practices in order to minimize the environmental risks associated with cranberry production. The cranberry plant is a wetland crop species. Therefore, construction of cranberry beds typically involves activities in wetlands. Because of this unique situation, both technical and regulatory practices were adopted for cranberry production in this set of GAAMPs.

Farm Markets GAAMPs

  • Draft 2020 Farm Markets GAAMPs PDF icon
  • 2019 Farm Markets GAAMPs PDF icon

    Michigan has a diverse variety of farm fresh products. Many of these products can and are being directly marketed to the public locally. The Farm Market GAAMPs, first adopted in 2010, help define and provide guidance as to what constitutes an on-farm market and farm market activities.