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E-M:/ MDA Hearing on GAAMPs - one week notice

Enviro-Mich message from anne.woiwode@sfsierra.sierraclub.org

 These GAAMPs on Cranberries and Care of Farm Animals may be of 
 interest to Enviro-Mich folks, but I note this in particular because 
 again the Mich Dept of Agriculture is giving very short notice about 
 hearings on GAAMPs.  With the Manure Management GAAMPs needing to be 
 approved before SB 205 kicks in in June, I hope the MDA doesn't 
 expect people to track down and get hold of a copy of the draft 
 GAAMPs and make intelligent and comprehensive comments within the one 
 week notice given for these hearings on other GAAMPs.  Anne Woiwode
 Contact: Denise Yockey, (517) 335-1300 
 February 17, 2000
 Michigan Commission of Agriculture sets public comment meeting on GAAMPs 
 for cranberries, animal care
 The Michigan Department of Agriculture (MDA) today announced it will 
 receive public comments on the 2000 drafts of the Generally Accepted 
 Agricultural and Management Practices (GAAMPs) for Cranberry Production 
 and Care of Farm Animals on Friday, February 25 at 2 p.m. in the Pridgeon 
 Room, 4th floor, Ottawa Building, located at 611 W. Ottawa St., in 
 downtown Lansing.
 The Michigan Right to Farm Act provides guidelines under which a farm or 
 farm operation shall not be found to be a public or private nuisance. In 
 order to have this protection, the farm or farm operation must conform to 
 GAAMPs, which are set by the Michigan Commission of Agriculture. GAAMPs 
 are reviewed annually by the Commission and revised as necessary.
 For a copy of the proposed revisions to the Cranberry Production and Care 
 of Farm Animals GAAMPs, please contact MDA's Environmental Stewardship 
 Division at (517) 241-0236. Written comments may be submitted to MDA, P.O. 
 Box 30017, Lansing, MI 48909, or by e-mail to Dave Charney at 
 charneyd@state.mi.us by 5 p.m. on February 25, 2000.

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