Community Considerations for Raising Livestock in Populated Areas

Date: April 10, 2015
Time: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Contact: Detroit Center, 3408 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48201

This event has been cancelled.

Registration fee: $35.00 per attendee. Includes lunch and all materials.

Join us for this day-long forum between community decision makers and residents as we hold discussions about raising livestock in urban or residential settings. The goal is not to ‘train’ owners but rather to talk about considerations, concerns and the process for determining policy at the local level. Topics to be discussed include:

  • The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development’s perspective on urban ag
  • How to have a productive discussion with all interested stakeholders
  • Environmental considerations
  • Evaluating animal care
  • Addressing other nuisances at the local level
  • Disease risk potential to commercial livestock farms
  • Public health considerations
  • Processing and food safety of products

Keynote speaker:
Steve Cohen, Manager of Food Policy and Programs at the City of Portland, Oregon Bureau of Planning  and Sustainability. Among its many designated objectives the Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability provides comprehensive land use planning and policy services to advance local food sustainability. As the Bureau’s Manager of Food Policy and Programs Mr. Cohen has provided leadership in the establishment of the Portland/Multnohoma County Food Policy Council and the City of Portland  Urban Food Zoning Code. Mr. Cohen will be addressing what has worked well and what were the surprises as the City of Portland development their food polices.

Other featured presenters:

  • Dir. Jamie Clover-Adams, MI Dept. of Ag and Rural Development
  • Ms. Kathryn Underwood, Detroit Planning Commission
  • Dr. Dale Rozeboom, Michigan State University
  • Dr. Kay Fritz, MI Dept. of Ag and Rural Development
  • Dr. Janice Swanson, Michigan State University
  • Mr. Brad Neumann, Michigan State University Extension
  • Dr. Bo Norby, Michigan State University
  • Dr. James Averill, MI Dept. of Ag and Rural Development
  • Mr. Tim Slawinski, MI Dept. of Ag and Rural Development
  • Mr. Sam Hines, Michigan Pork Producers Association

This conference is being supported by Michigan State University Extension and Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development. 

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