Michigan Department of Agriculture seeks input on ag management practices
August 9, 2022 by Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development
The Michigan Commission of Agriculture and Rural Development and the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) announced the annual review period for the proposed drafts of the 2023 Generally Accepted Agricultural and Management Practices (GAAMPs). Comments will be accepted via email, mail and a virtual public meeting scheduled for Aug. 25.
GAAMPs are reviewed each year by committees comprised of various experts and revised or updated, as necessary. All proposed GAAMPs changes are reviewed and approved by the Michigan Commission of Agriculture and Rural Development.
All eight GAAMPs are available for public comment. They include:
- Manure management and utilization;
- Care of farm animals;
- Site selection and odor Control for new and expanding livestock facilities;
- Farm markets;
- Pesticide utilization and pest control;
- Nutrient utilization;
- Cranberry production; and
- Irrigation water use.
MDARD will forward all comments received by the due date to the respective GAAMPs Task Force Committee Chairpersons for consideration before final review and presentation to the Michigan Commission of Agriculture and Rural Development at the Sept. 14 meeting.
The proposed draft GAAMPS will be available for public review and comment until 5 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 29, at Michigan.gov/RightToFarm.