The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency regulates the collection, transportation, storage, processing and disposal of animal manure. The Feedlot Program implements rules governing these activities. MPCA is the principal agency for regulating feedlots in Minnesota. In addition, many counties administer the program for feedlots under 1,000 animal units. A National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit is required for all feedlots that meet or exceed the threshold for large Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFO) under the Code of Federal Regulations, or with 1,000 animal units or more.
The feedlot rules apply to all aspects of livestock manure and process wastewater management including the location, design, construction, operation and management of feedlots and manure handling facilities and the land application of manure and process wastewater.
Information on feedlot permits, regulations and related issues is available from the MPCA at the address and telephone number listed on their website at www.pca.state.mn.us/hot/feedlots.html.
CREDITS: This is an excerpt from A Guide to Starting a Business in Minnesota, provided by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, Small Business Assistance Office, Twenty-eighth Edition, January 2010, written by Charles A. Schaffer, Madeline Harris, and Mark Simmer. Copies are available without charge from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, Small Business Assistance Office.