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  • Right to Farm Act: What It Is and Isn't DOC icon

    In recent years, when people mention the Right to Farm Act (RTFA), it often conjures up images of small landowners raising chickens in their backyards, despite the protests of their neighbors. The reality of the RTFA, however, is quite different. First enacted in 1981, the RTFA was designed to help existing commercial farmers protect their livelihoods against lawsuits that were beginning to pop up as a result of urban (and suburban) sprawl. In the 1970s, when the urban population began to expand outside of the cities, they often found themselves downwind from existing commercial farms. Before too long, odor complaints, noise complaints, and ecological concerns led to lawsuits, and many farmers were soon caught up in expensive and stressful litigation. Read more here.

  • 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

  • Michigan's Right to Farm Act Frequently Asked Questions PDF icon
  • Right To Farm Act 93 of 1981 PDF icon
  • FY2017 Right to Farm Complaint Response Annual Report PDF icon

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  • What are GAAMPs? The Michigan Right to Farm Act, P.A. 93, was enacted in 1981 to provide farmers with nuisance protection. This state law authorizes the Michigan Commission of Agriculture and Rural Development to develop and adopt Generally Accepted Agricultural and Management Practices (GAAMPs) for farms and farm operations in Michigan. These farm management practices are scientifically based and updated annually to utilize current technology promoting sound environmental stewardship on Michigan farms.
  • FY2017 Right to Farm GAAMPs Review Annual Report PDF icon

Manure Management / Utilization GAAMPs

Site Selection GAAMPs

Care of Farm Animals GAAMPs

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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.