Public Policy Analysis Michigan's Right to Farm Act and New Generally Accepted Agricultural and


June 1, 2016 - Author: Patricia E. Norris

Amendments to the Michigan Right to Farm Act significantly changed the control local ordinances –including zoning– has over animal farms.  A major change is the state, through establishing Generally Accepted Agricultural and Management Practices (GAAMP) establishes the criteria for siting, odor control, setback  distances, and several other things.  In many situations local ordinances and zoning can not regulate these issues.  This reviews GAAMPs for site selection and odor control for new and expanding livestock production facilities and addresses the local government role in this process.



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