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MI Commission of Agriculture and Rural Development Approve 2022 Agricultural Management Practices

For immediate release: November 15, 2021 

LANSING, Mich. – During their regularly scheduled meeting, the Michigan Commission of Agriculture and Rural Development approved the proposed drafts of the 2022 Generally Accepted Agricultural and Management Practices (GAAMPs). The GAAMPs are reviewed each year by committees comprised of various experts and revised or updated, as necessary.

“The committees did a tremendous job updating the 2022 GAAMPs to ensure Michigan’s farmers are following the best management practices available,” said Gary McDowell, director, Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD). “When Michigan farmers follow these Generally Accepted Agricultural and Management Practices, it offers them a tool in the toolbox as part of a proactive legal defense strategy under the state’s Right to Farm Act.”

There were minor edits to the 2022 GAAMPs including clarification to the Care of Farm Animals GAAMP around depopulation of animal species; and updated language to the Irrigation Water Use, Farm Markets, Manure Management and Utilization, and Nutrient Utilization GAAMPs.

All proposed changes for the following GAAMPS were approved: Care of Farm Animals; Irrigation and Water Use; Farm Markets; Manure Management and Utilization; and Nutrient Utilization. The GAAMPs regarding Pesticide Utilization and Pest Control; Cranberry Production; and Site Selection and Odor Control for New and Expanding Livestock Facilities had no proposed changes for 2022.

For a copy of the GAAMPs, please visit Michigan.gov/RightToFarm, or contact the MDARD’s Environmental Stewardship Division, Right the Farm Program at 517-284-5619, or toll free at 877-632-1783.