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Public invited to give input on Agricultural Management Practices

The public has the opportunity to give its input on the 2018 drafts of Generally Accepted Agricultural and Management Practices (GAAMP).

 

The Michigan Commission of Agriculture and Rural Development and the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development set a public meeting for 9 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 29, in the J. Edward Hutchinson Conference Room at Constitution Hall, 525 West Allegan Street in Lansing, and a review period that is open until Nov. 29.

 

Public comment will be taken on practices that have proposed changes: Manure Management and Utilization, Care of Farm Animals, and Site Selection and Odor Control for New and Expanding Livestock Facilities.

 

For a copy of the GAAMPs, including the proposed revisions, visit www.michigan.gov/righttofarm, or contact MDARD’s Environmental Stewardship Division at 517-284-5619 or toll-free at 877-632-1783.

Submit written comments to the Environmental Stewardship Division, P.O. Box 30017, Lansing, MI 48909, postmarked no later than Nov. 29, or by e-mail to: TurrubiatesO@michigan.gov by 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 29. //

 

The comments will be forwarded to the respective Task Force Committee chairpersons for consideration before final review and adoption. There are no proposed changes to practices regarding Nutrient Utilization, Cranberry Production, Farm Markets, Irrigation Water Use and Pesticide Utilization and Pest Control in 2018.

 

The best practices are reviewed annually by committees of various experts, revised and updated as necessary, and reviewed and approved by the Michigan Commission of Agriculture and Rural Development each year.

 

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