A number of Michigan residents believe they are in danger of losing their right to keep livestock on their own property because of a new ruling from the state’s Commission of Agriculture and Rural Development.
Off The Grid News (OTGN) reports that the commission ruled April 28 that any local government has the authority to ban livestock from any area that is zoned for residential development.
Gail Philbin of the Michigan Sierra Club told MLive that the ruling will “effective remove Right to Farm act protection for many urban and suburban backyard farmers raising small numbers of animals.”
The Right to Farm Act is a state law designed to protect farmers from nuisance lawsuits and zoning regulations. The Commission ruled that the Right to Farm Act does not apply to homeowners who keep small numbers of livestock, OTGN reported.
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