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Enviro-Mich message from "Cynthia Price" <skyprice@gmail.com>

Got this press release yesterday -- thought someone else might post it
but haven't seen it. Note that the GAAMPs under consideration for this
year are Manure Management and Utilization, Site Selection for New and
Expanding Livestock Production Facilities, and Care of Farm Animals.
There's some minimal chance I suppose that weighing in early might
make a difference, but at any rate, it's worth being informed about.

Cynthia Price
Greater Grand Rapids Food Systems Council

For Immediate Release 				Contact: Heather Throne, throneh@michigan.gov
July 22, 2008

Agriculture leaders seek public comments on agricultural management

LANSING, Mich. - To gather comments on the 2009 drafts of the state's
Generally Accepted Agricultural and Management Practices (GAAMPs), the
Michigan Commission of Agriculture and the Michigan Department of
Agriculture (MDA) today announced a Public Input Meeting and review
period has been scheduled.

This year's GAAMPs Public Input Meeting will be held at 1:00 p.m. on
Tuesday, August 19, 2008, in the Lake Superior Room of the Michigan
Library and Historical Center, 702 West Kalamazoo Street, in downtown

The Michigan Right to Farm Act provides nuisance protection for farms
and farm operations.  In order to have this protection, the farm or farm
operation must conform to GAAMPs, which are set by the Michigan
Commission of Agriculture.  These GAAMPs are reviewed annually by
scientific committees of various experts, and revised and updated as
necessary.  Public comment is accepted and considered before final
versions of the GAAMPs are approved.

Public comment will be taken on the following GAAMPs:  Manure
Management and Utilization, Site Selection for New and Expanding
Livestock Production Facilities, and Care of Farm Animals.  The GAAMPs
regarding Nutrient Utilization, Irrigation Water Use, Pesticide
Utilization and Pest Control, and Cranberry Production have no proposed
changes for 2009.

Written comments may be submitted to MDA's Environmental Stewardship
Division, P.O. Box 30017, Lansing, MI 48909, or via e-mail to
kizziara@michigan.gov by 5 p.m. on August 19, 2008.  MDA will forward
all comments received by the due date to the respective GAAMPs Task
Force chairpersons for consideration prior to final review and

For a copy of any of these GAAMPs including the proposed revisions,
please visit www.michigan.gov/gaamps, or contact the MDA's
Environmental Stewardship Division at (517) 373-9797, or toll free at
(877) 632-1783.

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