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MI Dept. of Ag and Rural Development Seeking Input
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The Michigan Commission of Agriculture and Rural Development and the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) today announced a public input meeting and review period has been scheduled for August 22, 2012 in order to gather comments on the 2013 drafts of the state’s Generally Accepted Agricultural and Management Practices (GAAMPs).


Source: Michigan Department of Agriculture

Contact: Heather Throne at 517-373-1058

 

MI Dept. of Agriculture & Rural Develoment Seeking Public Input on Agriculture Management Practices


The Michigan Commission of Agriculture and Rural Development and the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) today announced a public input meeting and review period has been scheduled for August 22, 2012 in order to gather comments on the 2013 drafts of the state’s Generally Accepted Agricultural and Management Practices (GAAMPs).

Public comment will be taken on all of the following GAAMPs. There are proposed changes in the GAAMPs for: Manure Management and Utilization, Site Selection and Odor Control for New and Expanding Livestock Production Facilities, the Care of Farm Animals, Irrigation Water Use, and Farm Markets. The GAAMPs regarding Nutrient Utilization, Cranberry Production, and Pesticide Utilization and Pest Control have no proposed changes for 2013.

The GAAMPs Public Input Meeting will be held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, August 22, 2012, in the Forum Conference Room at the State of Michigan Library and History Center located at 702 West Kalamazoo Street, Lansing, MI 48915.

Written comments may be submitted to MDARD’s Environmental Stewardship Division, P.O. Box 30017, Lansing, MI 48909 and postmarked no later than August 22, 2012, or sent via e-mail to casteelh@michigan.gov by 5 p.m. on August 22, 2012. MDARD will forward all comments received by the due date to the respective GAAMPs Task Force Chairpersons for consideration prior to final review and adoption.

The Michigan Right to Farm Act provides nuisance protection for farms and farm operations. In order to have this protection, the farm or farm operation must conform to GAAMPs, which are set by the Michigan Commission of Agriculture and Rural Development. These GAAMPs are reviewed annually by scientific committees of various experts, and revised and updated as necessary. Public comment is accepted and considered before final versions of the GAAMPs are approved.

For a copy of any of these GAAMPs, including the proposed revisions, please visit www.michigan.gov/gaamps, or contact MDARD’s Environmental Stewardship Division at (517) 373-9797, or toll free at (877) 632-1783.