For Immediate Release
June 5, 2014
Contact: Troy Tuggle
LANSING, Mich.—Sen. Joe Hune and Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) Director Jamie Clover Adams announced the formation of a work group to look at livestock in urban areas.
“While many local units of government were hesitant to discuss urban agriculture, the changes to the GAAMPs are already facilitating good dialogue with those communities about how they can support their local food systems,” said Hune, R-Hamburg. “The charge of the work group will be to help identify best practices and provide a framework for urban agriculture in Michigan.”
In April 2014, the Commission of Agriculture and Rural Development approved the 2014 Generally Accepted Agricultural and Management Practices for Site Selection and Odor Control for New and Expanding Livestock Facilities (GAAMPs). The approval included the addition of a Category 4 in the Site Selection GAAMPs, which are locations that are primarily residential and don’t allow agricultural uses by right.
“I have asked MDARD to begin the process of forming a working group to discuss how to support the expansion of agriculture in a way that reduces potential neighborhood conflicts and allows for the community to be involved. I look forward to working with the department on the appointment of the work group members,” Hune said. “As more people are looking for ways to reconnect with their agricultural roots, we are seeing an increased interest in urban animal agriculture, and this workgroup will help provide additional guidance for those interested communities.”