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November 22, 2017

MCARD and MDARD Seek Public Input on GAAMPs

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The Michigan Commission of Agriculture and Rural Development and the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development recently announced a public input meeting and review period for the 2018 drafts of the state's Generally Accepted Agricultural and Management Practices (GAAMPs). Public comments will be taken on the following GAAMPs, which have proposed changes: Manure Management and Utilization, Care of Farm Animals, and Site Selection and Odor Control for New and Expanding Livestock Facilities. The GAAMPs regarding the Nutrient Utilization, Cranberry Production, Farm Markets, Irrigation Water Use and Pesticide Utilization and Pest Control have no proposed changes for 2018.

The GAAMPs public input meeting will be held at 9 a.m. on Nov. 29 in the J. Edward Hutchinson Conference Room, Atrium Level, at Constitution Hall, 525 West Allegan Street, Lansing. Written comments may be submitted to MDARD's Environmental Stewardship Division, P.O. Box 30017, Lansing, MI 48909 or sent via e-mail to TurrubiatesO@michigan.gov by 5 p.m. on Nov. 29. Mailed comments must be postmarked no later than Nov. 29. A copy of any of the proposed revisions can be found at www.michigan.gov/righttofarm.

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