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Enviro-Mich message from Janet Kauffman <jkauffman@emich.edu>
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Why is Michigan Farm Bureau included in a compliance workshop? Farm Bureau is not a public agency.

MDA (which includes many Farm Bureau members of course) is sufficiently knowledgeable and represenatative of the ag side of compliance. Farm Bureau, a private organization which has lobbied for years against CAFO regulations, has no place at a compliance workshop. Or, if Farm Bureau is included as a "farm" organization, why not include the Michigan Farmers Union as well?




Alex J. Sagady & Associates wrote:


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Enviro-Mich message from "Alex J. Sagady & Associates" <ajs@sagady.com>
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 6, 2005

Contact:  Patricia Spitzley
               (517) 241-7397

Workshops to Help CAFOs Comply with Regulations and Meet Standards

Is your farm a large concentrated animal feeding operation (CAFO)?  Is
your farm a small-to-medium CAFO that may expand?  Are you a consultant
or local resource provider to CAFOs?  If you answered "yes" to any
of these questions, you need to attend Complying as a CAFO - Now and in
the Future: Understanding Michigan's Regulations and How to Meet the
Standards, being held in Kalamazoo on February 3, Comstock Park on
February 8, and Frankenmuth on February 10.

The Michigan Departments of Environmental Quality and Agriculture,
along with the Michigan Farm Bureau, Michigan State University
Extension, and USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, present
these workshops for farmers and other organizations to learn about
regulations that require all large CAFOs to apply for permit coverage.

Attend these workshops to learn which farms are affected, how to plow
through the permit process and get the right coverage at the right time,
how to tell when to use the Right to Farm Livestock Facility Siting
process, and ensure understanding of timelines for future requirements.
Changes on the horizon might affect your CAFO now or the plans you have
for your CAFO in the future.  Don't be caught off guard by future
requirements that need your attention today.

Any livestock facility that confines animals for a total of 45 days in
a given 12 month period and does not sustain growth of crops, forage, or
residues within the facility (feedlot) and exceeds certain thresholds is
a CAFO.  If your farm is a small, medium or large CAFO, or you are a
consultant or local resource provider to CAFOs, this event is for you!
Still not sure if you should attend?  Call Ronda Wuycheck from the DEQ
at 517-241-7832 for more information.

Take advantage of our early bird registration and register before
January 14 for a reduced registration fee of $50.  The registration fee
after January 14 is $75.  Register online at
www.michigan.gov/deqworkshops (click on "Upcoming Workshops").
For registration information, contact the Environmental Assistance
Center at 1-800-662-9278, or e-mail at deq-ead-env-assist@michigan.gov.


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