An Antrim County farmer, James Ruster, was sentenced last week for a felony violation of Michigan’s Food Law. It’s the first-ever felony conviction under this law.
The owner of Mitchell Hill Farm pled guilty to willful misbranding and adulteration of food products. He was sentenced to 14 months to four years in prison for producing and selling apple cider that caused an E. coli outbreak.
Jennifer Holton, director of communications for the Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development, says safety is the priority.
The campaign to raise Michigan’s minimum wage will now begin collecting signatures.
A state panel gave the petition campaign the OK to go ahead. The Board of State Canvassers said the petition complies with the law, and now the campaign has until mid-May to collect 258 thousand valid signatures. That would put the question to the Legislature. If lawmakers don’t adopt it, then it would go on the November ballot.
Life could soon get a little harder for backyard farmers.
A law passed in 1981 protects Michigan farmers from nuisance lawsuits. It’s called the Right to Farm Act. It was created to protect farmers from angry neighbors who were moving out into rural areas from cities.
At the moment, the law also protects people who raise chickens and other animals in their backyards.
Wendy Banka lives in Ann Arbor. She has seven chickens with orange feathers living in a coop in her backyard.