MARQUETTE - The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development is soliciting public comment on the latest drafts of Michigan's Generally Accepted Agricultural and Management Practices.
The Michigan Right to Farm Act provides nuisance protection for farms and farm operations that are in conformance with the Generally Accepted Agricultural and Management Practices.
The practices are reviewed annually by scientific committees of various experts, revised and updated as necessary.
Public comment will be taken on all eight GAAMPs. Agriculture officials said there are proposed changes in the GAAMPs for: Manure Management and Utilization, Pesticide Utilization and Pest Control, the Care of Farm Animals, Site Selection and Odor Control for New and Expanding Livestock Production Facilities and Irrigation Water Use. There are no proposed changes for Nutrient Utilization, Farm Markets or Cranberry Production.
A public input meeting will be held at 9 a.m. Jan. 22, at the State Secondary Complex - General Office Building in downstate Dimondale.
However, written comments may be submitted to MDARD's Environmental Stewardship Division, P.O. Box 30017, Lansing, MI 48909 and postmarked no later than Jan. 22, or sent via email to WilcoxR2@michigan.gov by 5 p.m. Jan. 22.
MDARD will forward all comments received by the due date to the respective GAAMPs Task Force chairs for consideration, who will then present proposed GAAMPs to the Michigan Commission of Agriculture and Rural Development for final adoption.
Public comments are accepted and considered at scheduled commission meetings, before final versions of the GAAMPs are approved.
For a copy of any of these GAAMPs including the proposed revisions, visit www.michigan.gov/gaamps or contact MDARD's Environmental Stewardship Division at 517-284-5619, or toll free at 877-632-1783.
John Pepin can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 206.