September 1-7, 2007

Michigan Organic Listserv News and Events

Editor: C.S. Mott Group, Vick Morrone

1.    Select Michigan Day

2.    NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING-Regarding Pesticide Use


3.    Lansing Localvore Events

4.    Tri State Organic Video Conference Series-Organic Poultry Production

5.    Tri State Organic Video Conference Series-Organic Farming and Certification

6.    Compost barn seminar

7.    Open house for the new Animal Air Quality Research Facility and MSU Dairy Cattle Teaching and Research Center

8.    Three-day CNMP provider training

9.    Balancing animal agriculture and communities


1. The 3rd annual “Buy Fresh, Buy Local – Select Michigan Day

September 13, 2007 at 9:30-2:00 p.m. kicks off “Select Michigan Week,” We would like to invite you to celebrate in Lansing on the Capitol lawn! There will be over 50 farmers with their offerings as well as educational tables, including the C.S. Mott Group.


We all know how important buying and eating local food is to our health, communities and economy, and now is the time to be involved and spread the word. Come and join the fun and info at the Capitol in Lansing.


Michigan Food & Farming Systems (MIFFS) and the Michigan Department of Agriculture, along with the Michigan Farmers Market Association and the Food Bank Council of Michigan, are partnering to support the local food effort this month with special events planned on Sept 13, including a farmers market on the Capitol lawn in Lansing.


Please join us in celebrating by bringing “Select Michigan Day” to your community.  A booklet with resources and information on how you can celebrate is now available online at  More useful information, like press releases, events and other communities who are celebrating, are also located there. 




Emily Buckham
Communications Specialist


Michigan Food & Farming Systems - MIFFS
Bringing Farmers and Communities Together
416 Agriculture Hall
East Lansing, MI 48824
Ph: (517) 432-0712
Fx: (517) 353-7961

Cell: (269) 501-1107


2. NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING-Regarding Pesticide Use


The Michigan Department of Agriculture, Pesticide and Plant Pest Management Division, will conduct a public meeting on Friday, September 21, 2007, beginning at 1 p.m., at Constitution Hall, Conference Room, Atrium Level, 525 West Allegan Street Lansing, Michigan, 48909.  The hearing will be held to receive comments on proposed changes to the rules of Regulation No. 637 Pesticide Use.  Written comments may be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on September 21, 2007, to the address below.
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The proposed amendments to Regulation 637 are being promulgated to address issues related to conflicts between the regulation and recent passage of amendments to Act 451, Part 83, as amended, confusing verbiage, regulatory requirement details and clarification for enforceability.

The rules [Rule Set 2006-078 AC] are published on the Michigan Government website at

and in the September 1, 2007 issue of the Michigan Register.  Copies of the draft rules may also be obtained by mail or electronic submission by contacting:

Pesticide and Plant Pest Management Division
Michigan Department of Agriculture
P.O. Box 30017
Lansing, MI  48909
Telephone: (517) 373-4905
Fax: (517) 335-4540
E-mail: [log in to unmask]

Persons needing accommodations for effective participation in the meeting should contact the Pesticide and Plant Pest Management Division at (517) 373-4905, a week in advance to request mobility, visual, hearing, or other assistance.

Promulgation of these rules is pursuant to the authority conferred on the Department of Agriculture by the Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act, 1994 PA 451, Part 83, as amended (MCL 324.8325 et seq.)  These rules are proposed to go into effect upon filing with the Secretary of State.

Date:   August 14, 2007                         Dr. Phyllis Mellon, Acting Director

Carolyn Randall, Coordinator
Pesticide Safety Education Program
B18 Food Safety and Toxicology Bldg.
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824-1302
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Phone: (517)-353-5147
FAX:  (517) 353-4995




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