LANSING — During their regular meeting, the Michigan Commission on Agriculture and Rural Development approved draft 2022 Generally Accepted Agricultural and Management Practices (GAAMPs). GAAMPs are reviewed annually by committees composed of various experts and revised or updated as necessary.
“The committees have done a terrific job updating the 2022 GAAMPs to ensure Michigan farmers are following the best management practices available,” said Gary McDowell, director of the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD). “When Michigan farmers follow these generally accepted agricultural and management practices, it provides them with a tool in the toolbox as part of a proactive legal defense strategy under the state’s right to farming.”
Minor changes have been made to the 2022 GAAMPs, including clarifications to the GAAMP for the Care of Farm Animals regarding the depopulation of animal species; and updated GAAMP language on irrigation water use, agricultural markets, manure management and use, and nutrient use.
All proposed changes for the following GAAMPS were approved:
— Care of farm animals
— Irrigation and water use
— Farm markets
— Management and use of manure
— and use of nutrients.
GAAMPs regarding pesticide use and pest control: cranberry production; and site selection and odor control for new and expanding livestock facilities proposed no changes for 2022.
To obtain a copy of the GAAMPs, please visit Michigan.gov/RightToFarm, or contact the Environmental Stewardship Division of MDARD, the Right the Farm program at 517-284-5619, or toll-free at