State of Michigan pushing out farmers: Makes suburban & urban farming illegal in most areas

The nationwide push to kill off of the traditional American Family Farmer has just reared its ugly head again; this time in the State of Michigan, where state officials just voted on new rules that could push out all suburban and urban farmers.

The Michigan Commission of Agriculture and Rural Development voted in a special session April 28 to adopt changes that make all farm livestock operations, no matter how small, subject to new farming rules – creating a category of land where no animals will be in compliance. The new rules will allow local governments to ban most farms and backyard farms.

While the State claims the new rules will make “urban” living more pleasant, the fact is most of these farms existed long before these areas in Michigan were urbanized.

Prior to this rule change, most state farmers were protected by the Right to Farm Act, an act passed in 1981 to protect farmers from city people who were moving into rural areas and then complaining about conditions typical to farming. With this new change in rules, farmers will now be subjected to local ordinances that are designed to push out the farmers and further urbanize the state’s farmlands.

But farmers aren’t the only ones who will be affected by the new changes in Michigan; many urban and suburban backyard farmers – even someone who only has one chicken – could now be regulated out of existence. Those who want to live a more sustainable lifestyle, growing their own foods and raising livestock like chickens, will now be forced to rely on the system they tried to get away from.

Kim White, a Michigan resident who raises chickens in a small backyard farm, says the new rules could force her to get rid of her animals.

“It’s all ‘Big Farm,” and it’s ‘Big Farm” deciding against the little farm,” she said after the commission vote.  White said she has about 20 chickens she raises for eggs, as well as a couple of rabbits.

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

The push to kill off the small family farmer is nothing new; everyone from the federal government to state and local governments have been trying to kill off these small family farms, in favor of big multinational agriculture conglomerates, for some time now. In fact, back in 2012 Michigan actually made it a felony to raise certain types of free range pigs, forcing Michigan farmers to actually kill their pigs and putting most of the state’s free range pig farmers out of business.

Free Range Pigs
Free Range Pigs from the Baker Farm in Michigan. Last year the State of Michigan threatened to raid this farm, kill the pigs, and throw the farmers in jail for raising the “wrong” kind of pig!


  1. Nate
    May 1, 2014 at 12:28 pm

    Slavery at it’s best. Freedom to do what you want with YOUR life is disappearing. I’m sick of people (Government & Liberals) meddling in the affairs of folk who just want to be left alone.

    • Not liking the changes
      May 1, 2014 at 4:52 pm

      This wasn’t done by Liberals. Michigan’s governor and house is pro-big business, and is a Republican majority.

      • john
        May 4, 2014 at 12:31 pm

        it still surprises me that people think there is a difference between cons and libs. they all have the same end game. they all hate you and sell you out to the highest bidder.

        • brian nairb
          May 6, 2014 at 1:15 pm

          it’s not cons and libs. its progressives with the label of democrat or republican. all libs are progressives. not all republicans are progressives. some of us repubs are freedom loving true conservative who believe our freedomes and property rights are being trampled by an oppressive progressive government. this is another Agenda 21 attempt to corral us. Progressivism is a relentless beast.

          • brian nairb
            May 6, 2014 at 1:16 pm

            sorry for the missspelling.

      • Anna
        May 6, 2014 at 10:01 pm

        I don’t think it’s a democrat or republican thing. It’s a progressive thing. Both parties have people in them who want the same thing: Big EVERYTHING. In other words, whatever will help them to gain more power over us. The only way to fight these sorts of things are if democrat and republican voters who believe in freedom can get together on issues we agree on without throwing politics into it.

    • john
      May 3, 2014 at 10:28 am

      I once heard a man with pancreatic cancer say that if he lived until the next town hall meeting with his congressman he was going to slip an undetectable black obsidian knife into the hall and make an example. that is how hard they are pushing the citizens. just imagine.

      • john
        May 3, 2014 at 10:31 am

        my comment was a quote from a man who is now deceased and in no way constitutes a threat by me or anyone now living. only a quote from a person I know meant what he said but is now deceased.

    • Rich Buchko
      May 3, 2014 at 10:56 am

      Hardly a “liberal” move — this is the act of a conservative Michigan administration.

      • brian nairb
        May 6, 2014 at 1:24 pm

        They may say they are conservatives, however, they are really progressives. We call them RINOs. Watch what they do, not what they say.

    • Oscar Manheim
      May 4, 2014 at 10:35 am

      This has nothing to do with liberals. Anyone who believes so is a moron sheeple who has bought into the corporate propaganda machine that casts blame to mask it’s actions that benefit themselves. This is not what socialism looks like, this is what oligarchy looks like. Wake up you teabagger sheep

      • brian nairb
        May 6, 2014 at 1:29 pm

        Its progressives. “teabaggers”? really, is that necessary?

      • Anna
        May 6, 2014 at 10:05 pm

        Do you value your freedom, or do you value your political party? There are SO MANY issues that I am sure we can agree on, and if we bond together regardless of who we vote for when we see injustice maybe we can make a change. Please understand this! There are just as many douchebags on the left as there are on the right. Let’s get together as Americans who value freedom and fight them together. Give peace a chance, man! :-)

    • mikey222
      May 8, 2014 at 9:28 am

      typical republican comment without knowing the facts…..must be Obama taking away your rights…..try again.

    • Bone
      August 14, 2015 at 10:08 pm

      Hello Nate I dont know what cave you currently dwell in But “liberal” are NOT the ones making these rules MOT in Michigan or anywhere else do yourself a favor and PLEASE PLEASE STOP WATCHING FOX YOUR LACK OF IMTELLIGENCE IS DROOLING DOWN YOUR CHIN!!!

  2. Israel
    May 1, 2014 at 1:07 pm

    It’s hardly liberals. It’s the corporate stooges planted in both sides that vote for the benefit of the companies that bought their position in government.

  3. Loretta Hill
    May 1, 2014 at 2:05 pm

    Mansantos is behind this I bet.

    • Pons
      June 26, 2014 at 2:16 pm

      Monsanto is behind this,and it’s getting worse…they modify seed so the.plant can not reproduce itself. then they patent that seed and make you buy new seed every year to replant your crop. farmers have been sued because Monsanto seed was found in their crops, having blown over from the neighbors farm. monsanto is evil and needs to be shut down they would just as soon starve whole communities and lose one dollar profit.

  4. P.Hendrickson
    May 1, 2014 at 2:33 pm

    How can something important like this be voted on by the groups noted above without the general population having any say in it? And if this is true how can we do something to change it? I would hope that there would be thousands of people against this. And willing to do something to make it change. I know I will try.

  5. old soldier
    May 1, 2014 at 4:22 pm

    You know there’s an old Army saying “if a machine isn’t broken, don’t try to fix it.” The US has an ongoing drought that is going to raise food prices and a disease affecting the number of pigs in this country, which will most likely raise the price of pork. Then, also, there is the need to prepare ,of which having poultry I is a good source of food. In short, it makes sense, common sense to do some small farming to become self sufficient. Now, we have a state trying to destroy self sufficiency and to ensure people will be should a disaster occur. What can a person say? This makes no sense. One of the functions of government is ensure people don’t go hungry. It seems that’s not their job anymore.

  6. Note from Idaho
    May 1, 2014 at 4:28 pm

    Left Michigan “Land of Taxes and Regulations” in 2007.

    Best decision I ever made…..

  7. Joe Taylor
    May 1, 2014 at 5:22 pm

    You people really need to work on your reading comprehension. The rule change simply means it’s up to local governments to decide, as it should be.

    For example, if you live in the suburbs and none of your neighbors want you to have clucking chickens and smelly manure, they are within their rights to tell you no. That is democracy.

    What you people want is to be able to thumb your collective noses at your neighbors because you want what you want are you’re better than them anyway.

    • Get a clue
      May 1, 2014 at 8:34 pm

      We don’t live in a democracy. We live in a constitutional republic. If you want to live in one, move to Canada and stop telling everyone here what they can and can’t do. With your stupid logic, all your neighbors could ban together and make you get rid of your dog, or force you to cut down that tree with all the pollen. Or how about they decide that everyone should have to buy an “American” car…even though most are not even made in the US anymore.

      • Sussex Girl
        May 3, 2014 at 8:23 am

        Actually, Canada is a constitutional monarchy, not a democracy. The British monarch is the Canadian head of state, although as a figurehead only.

        Anyway, out where I live, the city people move here and then whine and complain about skydivers using the local airport on Sunday and dust from the gravel quarry (which had been in operation 80 years before a sub-division was built just the other side of the fence) and the manure spreaders and, and, and. They want to move out to the country and see the cute cows on the hill across from their house, but they’re not prepared for the smells and the flies and all that goes along with country life (like no local police and no street lights). What they really want is a suburb with extra room between the houses.

        The thing is, Joe, that when enough city people move to a township in a rural area, the balance shifts, and at some point, there are enough former city folks that they can swing the vote to change local ordinances, and small airports and gravel quarries and pig farmers get forced out of business.

    • George
      May 1, 2014 at 9:00 pm

      Hey joe you need to work on yours because you city folk need to stop moving into rural areas and then bitching about the way we live. We’re not talking about New York City here.

      • old soldier
        May 2, 2014 at 10:59 am

        George, You could not have said it better. A professor of mine once said we do NOT live in a democracy, but a republic. Second, no one asked these people to move out of the city to the suburbs. It’s was their choice and they need to “when in Rome, do like the Romans do.” These are the people, who move into an area, then want things the way the were where they used to live. In short, they are the ones who force their agendas on those who lived in an area for many years. Third, these same people, who complain about the smelly hen houses”, are the ones, when things go “south, are the ones who will be asking for something to eat from the “small farm” owners. Then, it’s a need to share with your neighbors. I don’t normally get carried away, but it’s happened and happening, where I live, so comments like the one above kinda hit “close to home”. A farmer friend of mine has a saying “don’t complain with your mouth full.”

        • Rick
          May 2, 2014 at 4:01 pm

          It’s like moving to the end of an airport runway and then complain about all the noisy low flying aircraft. What a bunch of eggheads.

  8. Another Joe
    May 2, 2014 at 7:02 am

    I’m glad the Joe Taylor guy commented. That is the mentality of the vast majority of people in this country. If we(the majority) don’t like it, then you can’t do it. Of course, if it were one of his sacred “cows”, then the Constitution would protect his rights.

  9. dale jager
    May 2, 2014 at 8:20 am

    How can we fight back? Who can we contact to petition to repeal this! Help! Help! Our future survival is at stake!

  10. FEMA Prisoner # 777888
    May 3, 2014 at 4:58 pm

    Agenda 21 GMO puppets in charge. Time to stop complying with this usurped and illegitimate system.

  11. ssphs666
    May 4, 2014 at 1:46 pm

    Ya know when I first found this site and I read the name off grid survival, I thought it was an actual site about off grid living. What I found was that it is more a site about stirring people up against the government. Granted, I do not like what the government is doing anymore than any of you but, I am not going to stir up a bunch of shit. I keep to my own on my viewpoint and try to change things the proper way. If that doesn’t work and they do come for my guns…well lets just say I will cross that bridge if it ever happens. Take care all of you and I wish you all luck in your conspiracy theories.

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