State Accepting Public Input on Agriculture Management Practices

Agency: Agriculture and Rural Development

Deadline for Comments is 5:00 p.m. on October 29, 2018

For immediate release: October 12, 2018
Media contact: Jessy Sielski, 517-284-5725

LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan Commission of Agriculture and Rural Development and the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development today announced a public comment period on the state’s 2019 Generally Accepted Agricultural and Management Practices (GAAMPs). The public comment period begins now and ends at 5:00 p.m. on Monday, October 29, 2018.

There will also be a public input meeting at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, October 29, in the Gordon Guyer Conference Room in the William C. Geagley Laboratory, located at 1615 S. Harrison Rd., East Lansing, Michigan 48823.  

Public comment will be accepted on the following GAAMPs, which have proposed changes for 2019: Manure Management and Utilization; Care of Farm Animals; Site Selection and Odor Control for New and Expanding Livestock Facilities; and Irrigation Water Use. The GAAMPs regarding the Nutrient Utilization, Cranberry Production, Farm Markets, and Pesticide Utilization and Pest Control have no proposed changes for 2019.

Written comments may be submitted to MDARD’s Environmental Stewardship Division, P.O. Box 30017, Lansing, MI 48909 and postmarked no later than October 29, 2018, or sent via e-mail to MDA-Right-To-Farm@michigan.gov by 5 p.m. on October 29, 2018. 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 GAAMPs are reviewed annually by committees of various experts and are revised and updated as necessary. The GAAMPs are reviewed and approved by the Michigan Commission of Agriculture and Rural Development each year.

For copies of the GAAMPs, including the proposed revisions, please visit https://www.michigan.gov/righttofarm, or contact the MDARD’s Environmental Stewardship Division at (517) 284-5619, or toll free at (877) 632-1783.

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