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Emergency Planning for the Farm

Michigan Department of Agriculture

July 1, 2006

As part of Michigan’s agricultural community, you can take basic precautions that will protect people, the food and water systems, and the environment from chemical and biological contamination. Agricultural pesticides, fertilizers and fuels are used safely to help control pests and produce high quality products. Under certain circumstances, some of these products can be hazardous. In the wrong hands, these chemicals could pose a threat to public safety and the environment. Livestock producers additionally need to be concerned with manure management, to prevent contamination of water resources, and biological threats to the food system. Agricultural security measures are outlined in this updated version of Emergency Planning for the Farm. Please take the time to review and comply with these important regulations/guidelines for your agricultural operation. Complete your Emergency Farm Plan by filling out pages 8-18. Inform your family, employees and your local fire department about the plan. Keep the plan up-to-date by reviewing and updating it annually. You may request assistance in developing an Emergency Farm Plan from your local groundwater stewardship technician. He or she is located in your local Conservation District or Michigan State University Extension office.


MSU Emergency Planning for the Farm