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Michigan Small Farm Rights Information
The Michigan Small Farmer: accurate, complete information about
Michigan small farm rights--and how you can help
protect the future of Michigan's small farms.
Right to Farm protection in Michigan, once among
the nation's strongest, is being seriously eroded by administrative changes,
leaving thousands of farms in rural, suburban and urban areas
newly subject to restriction by local government.
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6/5 Action Alert: Senator Joe Hune and the Michigan Dept. of Agriculture announce formation of Urban Livestock Work Group. The working group will discuss urban and suburban agriculture and siting of farm animals. Unfortunately, small rural farms, seriously affected by the GAAMP changes, are NOT part of the Work Group's focus.
What to do: Please contact Senator Hune, thank him for working on this issue, explain that small rural farms were also affected by the GAAMP changes (details below) and ask for Small Rural Farm Representation and a focus on small rural farms as part of the Work Group's focus:
Senator Joe Hune (R), Committee Chair: SenJHune@senate.michigan.gov (517) 373-2420
The working group will discuss urban and suburban agriculture and siting of farm animals.
*Unfortunately, small rural farms, seriously affected by the GAAMP changes, are not part of the Urban Livestock Work Group's focus.
*The general perception that the GAAMP changes affect only urban and suburban farms is incorrect.
*Rural small farmers affected by the changes need a voice in the discussions: their farms are the ones the Right to Farm
Act was originally enacted to protect.
*Thousands of small rural farms are affected: many 10 and 20 acre farms lost all Right to Farm protection for raising livestock,
and thousands of larger farms of up to 100 acres are severely restricted.
5/28 Upcoming Meeting: Michigan Ag Commission Meeting. Wed. May 28, 9am Lansing
Lansing Community College West Campus, Michigan Technical Education Center, Rm. M119-120, 5708 Cornerstone Dr, Lansing, MI 48917.
Those wishing to address Commission are allowed up to 3 minutes during Public Comment period. Details & Map here.
5/22 News Update: Chair of the Senate Ag Committee calls for the Michigan Department of Agriculture
to create a working group to discuss urban and suburban agriculture and siting of farm animals.
5/22 Action Alert: Contact Senate Ag Committee & Michigan Agriculture Dept.
Re: Agriculture Department's formation of a working group on urban/suburban agriculture & farm animals.
5/15/14: MDARD testifies to Senate Ag Committee: As a result of protests, petitions, and extensive media coverage, the Michigan Senate Agriculture Committee asked the Michigan Department of Agriculture to testify on May 15th. In addition to MDARD officials, several small farmers spoke as well, telling of the changes' negative effects on their farming operations.
4/28/14 Michigan Ag Commission's Vote: By a 4-to-1 vote, the governor-appointed Agriculture Commission approved sweeping changes that profoundly affect thousands of small farms in urban, suburban, and rural Michigan.
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