Tomorrow the House Agriculture Committee (at 2:00 pm or after House session, in Room 426 of the Anderson House Office Building) will be taking up a package of bills intended to establish in statute the Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program (MAEAP), and to provide incentives for producers to become MAEAP certified as a means of facilitating land and water resource stewardship.
This package, House Bills 5711 5716, have attracted interest because they include CAFOs or Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations and the issue of agricultural storm water discharges, as well as provisions regarding nuisance or anonymous complaints to the department.
For a link to the most up-to-date legislative analysis of the package, go to:
The diverse interest groups involved were at one time thought to have arrived at some agreement on parts of the package.
At this point we dont know if amendments or substitute bills reflecting these or other discussions will be offered tomorrow.
Organic Vegetable and Crop Outreach Specialist
C.S. Mott Sustainable Food Systems
303 Natural Resources Bldg.
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