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Tag: Small Farms
By JGillman, Section News
The title says it all.
You can believe the well produced propaganda piece on Michigan's new-found prosperity, OR you can observe what has been happening to the men and women and families that feed us. No amount of Rah-Rah for right to work (which I support tremendously) and budgets done on time can take away the rotten stink of tyranny that comes through our state's administrative efforts. As far as the bureaucratic 'rule makers' are concerned, the peasantry is far to pitiful to fear, except for a few trouble makers.
A few troublemakers, merely following tradition by doing what generations have done to make the country healthy and prosperous. Farmers, who like any other business that must inevitably deal with an onslaught of government intrusion into their affairs, making a mockery of presumed prophylactic and protective measures for the public good. Family Farmers, like other mom and pop business ventures who have had the oxygen sucked out of their existence by expansive government till they fall one by one.
Veteran Mark Baker of Baker's Green Acres is the equivalent of today's canary-in-the-coal-mine that is Michigan. Except THIS bird isn't dying to tell you the oxygen has left the premises.
His words are straight up and easy to understand.
Snyder inherited this issue from the former governor. When he was
Rick Snyder's office needs daily calls, and to be sure, he needs to be a One Term Nerd.
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By Corinthian Scales, Section News
Fresh off the State Newswire
LANSING, Mich. - Gov. Rick Snyder today announced that Rodney Stokes will be the administration's point man on working with cities to help them become more vibrant and inviting by enhancing their existing resources. Stokes, who currently serves as Department of Natural Resources director, will leave that position to join the Executive Office.
Yannow, seeing that Rodney did such a fine job with "feral" pigs, I really can't wait to see what dunderhead thing he does next as Gov Snydholm's specially created personal ICLEI Czar.
By Corinthian Scales, Section News
What a disgusting abuse of power by a Peter Principle agency bureaucrat. Thank God that Sens. Hune and Booher have taken the initiative to intervene on this outrageous dictatorial assault on private property rights.
Seriously Gov. Snyder, you can't even manage the simpleton you appointed to head the DNR, and you still want to stick us taxpayers with your bureaucrat managed boondoggle bridge? No thanks. Not with your brand of gross negligence.
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By JGillman, Section News
Michigan's executive branch has officially designated a number of small farmers around the state as felons.
This is NOT an April fools joke.
On Sunday, April 1, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources began active enforcement of an Invasive Species Order declaring certain types of swine illegal in Michigan. Storm troopers under order of the DNR began a "pig sweep" to root out those with particular characteristics. As part of that effort on Tuesday, April 3 the department's Law Enforcement Division conducted inspections of six properties that in the past may have had prohibited swine. The inspections were conducted with permission of the landowners. Each of the properties was found to be free of prohibited swine and therefore in compliance with the Invasive Species Order.
Those facilities, farms or individuals still in possession of prohibited swine are in violation of the law and could face criminal or civil penalties under Part 413 of the state's Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act. For harboring fugitive pigs. Randy Stokes, the DNR director says:
"Our intent from the beginning of this Invasive Species Order has been to enforce the law while minimizing the impact on individuals and livelihoods. For that reason, we provided additional time and assistance for ranch owners, breeders and others to remove prohibited animals from their properties prior to the April 1 enforcement deadline. The additional time allowed property owners to adjust their business plans to minimize economic hardship. We will continue to work cooperatively with property owners where we can."While we perform discovery on their resources for penalty phase purposes.
The Jackboots are on. Continue below.
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