Michigan Chapter

Take Action! Your Input Needed by 5:00pm Wednesday August 19, 2009

Comments Needed on Michigan Commission of Agriculture's 2010 Draft Generally Accepted Agricultural Management Practices - GAAMPs

What is this all about?A fecal-dust cloud hangs over Beecher Rd where Hartland Farms is dumping manure in piles on a dry field.

The Michigan Right to Farm Act provides protection from nuisance lawsuits for farms and farm operations, including Animal Factories, if they conform to GAAMPs.  Animal Factories that follow GAAMPs cannot be sued by their neighbors, even if the operations make their homes a living hell with unbreathable air and filthy water.  Right now, the Michigan Dept of Agriculture is taking public input on the GAAMPs.  The GAAMPs must protect neighbors and communities as well as farms.  (The image shows a fecal dust storm caused by Hartland Farms dumping manure piles on dry fields along Beecher Hwy. on August 6, 2009.  This is NOT a good stewardship practice.  Photo credit: ECCSCM.)

Your written comments on the 2010 draft revisions to the GAAMPs, available here, are due by 5:00pm on Wed. August 19, 2009 The Michigan Department of Agriculture will also hold a Public Input Meeting on August 19 at 8:30am in the Lake Superior Room of the Michigan Library and Historical Center (map), 702 West Kalamazoo Street, in downtown Lansing.  If you can be there to testify, please do so!  Written comments should go to MDA's Environmental Stewardship Division, PO Box 30017, Lansing, MI 48909, or by email to lipseyl@michigan.gov by the deadline.  Contact the MDA's Environmental Stewardship Division at 517-373-9797 for questions.

Public comment will be taken on the GAAMPs noted below. You can read the draft changes in the Michigan Department of Agriculture's Overview of Revisions to the 2008 GAAMPs.   Read the Sierra Club's comments on the 2010 DRAFT GAAMPs here.  You may also download a copy of the Sierra Club's comments on the 2007 Draft GAAMPs  Revisions as well.  If you read both, you'll see many similarities.

Manure Management and Utilization (52 pages, pdf)

Site Selection and Odor Control for New and Expanding Livestock Production Facilities (31 pages, pdf)

Nutrient Utilization (43 pages, pdf)

Care of Farm Animals (92 pages, pdf)


Michigan Right to Farm Background

The Michigan Right to Farm Act provides protection from nuisance lawsuits for farms and farm operations, including Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations, or CAFOs.  To have the protection, the operations are suppopsed to follow the  GAAMPs, which are set by the Michigan Commission of Agriculture.  The process states that the GAAMPs are to be reviewed annually by scientific committees of various experts, and then revised and updated as necessary, and that public comment is accepted and considered before final versions of the GAAMPs are approved by the Michigan Commission of Agriculture.  You can read the Right to Farm Act here.

Please watch this site for more information, but please get your comments in by the August 19 5:00pm deadline.  Let the Michigan Department of Agriculture and the Michigan Commission of Agriculture know that the Generally Accepted Agricultural Management Practices aren't working to protect Michigan's air, water, land, and communities. 

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Click here for information you need to make your GAAMPs comments.

The GAAMPs have failed the Environmentally Concerned Citizens of South Central Michigan, see their Stench Alert webpage.

See the Sierra Club's comments on the 2010 DRAFT GAAMPs here.

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