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E-M:/ RE: / Macomb Township - King of the Wind faces fines

it would be interesting to know on what basis the mda withdrew the right to farm protection from king of the wind . . . the freep article does not provide any information about that . . .
in the abstract, composting wastes is a good thing . . . it makes the wastes more suitable for adding fertility to the soil in ways that permit the slow release of the nutrients . . .
composting wastes involves mixing animal manure and plant material . . . in order to have the optimum mix, farms with many crop acres and few animals may buy animal manure from other sources, and farms with few crop acres and many animals (lots of animal manure) may buy plant material from other sources . . . in the abstract either of these would seem to be a good thing, since they both move a waste from a location where it is a problem to a location where it is converted into a resource . . .
totally apart from the details of the king of the wind case, it would seem that we would benefit from having a clear test of when the buying of plant material or animal manure is part of a legitimate farming operation, and when it is not . . . does anyone know if the state has such a test at the moment . . .
craig k harris
department of sociology
michigan agricultural experiment station
national food safety and toxicology center
institute for food and agricultural standards
michigan state university

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Subject: E-M:/ Macomb Township - King of the Wind faces fines

Hmm, hiding a commercial compost landfill under the right-to-farm act?
King of the Wind faces fines
Attorney general files suit against Macomb Township farm

King of the Wind Farms Inc. spans 300 acres off North Avenue and Chapman, that includes a 60-horse barn.

In the latest controversy over the farm, the Michigan Attorney General's Office filed a lawsuit March 29 on behalf of the state Department of Environmental Quality, citing that the farm's composting operations pollute the air and the water that streams into the Clinton River.