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Right to Farm Resources

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Generally Accepted Processing Practices (GAPPs)
Generally Accepted Fruit, Vegetable, Dairy, Meat and Grain Processing Practices

Education and technical assistance to those individuals affected by the land application of biosolids.

Spill Response
The rapid, cost-effective cleanup, and proper use or disposal of manure, pesticides, and fertilizer.

Aquifer Protection and Dispute Resolution Program
Well owners can file complaints with the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) if their well fails to produce its normal water supply or to provide potable water.

Laws, Rules, Codes and Acts

Michigan Right to Farm Act: Act 93 of 1981
An act to define certain farm uses, operations, practices, and products; to provide certain disclosures; to provide for circumstances under which a farm shall not be found to be a public or private nuisance; to provide for certain powers and duties for certain state agencies and departments; and to provide for certain remedies for certain persons..

Bodies of Dead Animals Act
For concerns about animal mortality, disposal, management, please refer to the Bodies of Dead Animal Act; which provides the framework and rules which govern the management of diseased livestock.

Michigan Well Code
For additional information regarding the water wells, setbacks from contamination, ground water resources and construction.

Food Safety Modernization Act Produce Safety Rule
Additional information on Produce safety - mandatory, regulation of farms that grow produce that is typically eaten raw and sells a minimum of $25,000 of sales in a year. Other exemptions may apply.

Cottage Food Law
Additional information for Farm Markets in identifying licensing requirements and exemptions for the sale of food products.

Animals at Large Act
In Michigan, an owner cannot allow an animal (defined here as cattle, horses, sheep, swine, mules, burros, or goats) to run at large.


Emergency Management of Raw Milk Guidance

Urban Agriculture
An overview of topics related to Urban Agriculture in Michigan.

Soil Erosion and Sedimentation Control
For any disturbances greater than 1 acres in size or within 500 feet of a lake or stream, please consult with your local SESC Construction Storm water staff for applicability and regulations.

MSU Pollinators
For additional information regarding the water wells, setbacks from contamination, ground water resources and construction.
Resources for planning new farms.

Contact Natural Resource Conservation Service by State and Location

Natural Resource Conservation Service Tech Reg - Comprehensive Nutrient Management Plan writers

Michigan Association of Conservation Districts: Find your district

MSU Extension: Find an expert resource library