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Lawmakers deluged with negative comments over farm changes

Farm buildings - KELO file photo
Farm buildings - KELO file photo

LANSING (WKZO) -- Changes are being considered for some of Michigan's farm practices, but state officials are hearing an almost unified "no" from the public.

MIRSNews.com reports that of the more than 600 comments received by the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, an astounding 91.7-percent were written in opposition to the changes.  The changes being proposed would impact small and hobby farmers, including not allowing livestock like chickens in areas zoned exclusively residential.

The Agriculture and Rural Development Commission met Wednesday to take public comments, but a vote isn't expected until next month.