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New Michigan Law: It’s now Illegal to Own a Beehive or a Chicken Within 250 Feet of Someone Else’s Property Line

(Donna’s rant:  A beehive.  Or a chicken.  Neither of which is taller than 4 feet.   But according to a new Michigan law, you can no longer have one of these things on your property if there is another residence 250 feet from your property line.  I don’t need to tell you the unbelievable irony about this law.  I wonder what the setback distance for a 500-foot tall industrial wind turbine is from another person’s home in Michigan.  If we use this new law as a guideline, you shouldn’t be able to put up an IWT within 5.75 miles of another person’s property line.  Wonder who in Michigan is going to be the first one to run with this. — DQ)


A Farewell To Backyard Chickens and Beekeepers

The Inquisitr.com — May 5, 2014

Michigan residents lost their “right to farm” this week thanks to a new ruling by the Michigan Commission of Agriculture and Rural Development. Gail Philburn of the Michigan Sierra Club told Michigan Live, the new changes “effectively remove Right to Farm Act protection for many urban and suburban backyard farmers raising small numbers of animals.”

Backyard and urban farming were previously protected by Michigan’s Right to Farm Act. The Commission ruled that the Right to Farm Act protections no longer apply to many homeowners who keep small numbers of livestock.

Kim White, who raises chickens and rabbits, said, “They don’t want us little guys feeding ourselves. They want us to go all to the big farms. They want to do away with small farms and I believe that is what’s motivating it.”

The ruling will allow local governments to arbitrarily ban goats, chickens and beehives on any property where there are 13 homes within one eighth mile or a residence within 250 feet of the property, according to Michigan Public Radio. The Right to Farm Act was created in 1981 to protect farmers from the complaints of people from the city who moved to the country and then attempted to make it more urban with anti-farming ordinances. The new changes affect residents of rural Michigan too. It is not simply an urban or suburban concern.  Continue reading here…..





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