Agriculture panel takes up farm animal debate

(AP Photo/Michigan State University, Mat Haan)

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Commission on Agriculture is considering whether to remove protections for farmers with animals in residential areas.

The commission will review potential changes to the state’s Right to Farm law during a special meeting Monday.

The proposed change in the livestock facilities rules would remove legal protections for farmers if they are in residential zoning, regardless of the number of animals they own. The change would let local leaders authorize farm animals in those areas.

Agriculture Director Jamie Clover Adams says the commission plans to vote on the change after the review.

Members of the public will be allowed to provide input during Monday’s meeting at the Michigan Municipal League offices in Lansing.

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