The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) is the state agency for regulating animal feedlots in Minnesota. In addition, counties may be delegated by the MPCA to administer the program for feedlots that are not under federal regulation.
To help reduce the amount of time required to process feedlot permit applications, the Feedlot Program has developed standardized forms that must be used when an permit application is submitted. These forms can be found on the Feedlot Permit Information and Application Forms page.
2014 Feedlot Rule Update
On April 22, 2014, the MPCA Citizens’ Board approved the staff Findings of Facts and Order Adopting Feedlot Rule Amendments Governing Animal Feedlots, Permits and Certifications, and Permit Fees (Minn. R. ch.7020, 7002 and 7001). The revised rule went into effect May 27, 2014. Minn. Rules Ch. 7020 govern the storage, transportation, disposal, and use of animal manure and process wastewaters, and the application for and issuance of permits for construction and operation of animal manure management and disposal or utilization systems for the protection of the environment. For more information on the amendments, Statement of Need and Reasonableness explaining why the changes were made, and the public comment process, go to the Feedlot Rulemaking webpage.
- Feedlot Program Overview
- Feedlot Rule, Policies
- List of Submitted Feedlot NPDES Permit Public Notices
- Individual NPDES Permit Public Notices and Draft Permit - listed on Public Notice page
- Feedlot Permit Information and Application Forms
- Feedlot Wall Calendar
- County feedlot program
- Related links
The MPCA regulates the collection, transportation, storage, processing and disposal of animal manure and livestock processing activities, and provides assistance to counties and the livestock industry. The rules apply to all aspects of livestock production areas including the location, design, construction, operation and management of feedlots, feed storage, stormwater runoff, and manure handling facilities.
The MPCA has many factsheets and technical guidance documents and can provide assistance by phone.
If you have questions about the MPCA County Feedlot Program, please contact Don Hauge at MPCA (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, phone: 651-757-2855) or Wayne Zellmer at the Board of Water and Soil Resources (e-mail: email@example.com, phone: 651-297-7361). For feedlot training, see the Training and Events page.
The MPCA staff listed below serve specific areas of the state. They are responsible for activities including permitting, inspections, and compliance/enforcement. In delegated counties, the county issues permits for facilities that do not require federal permits; MPCA is responsible for permitting of facilities. In non-delegated counties, the MPCA is responsible for all permitting. The map below shows area of primary responsibility for the MPCA compliance and assistance staff.
MPCA Regional Office staff
Samantha Adams, 218-316-3892
Rhonda Adkins, 218-316-3900
Jessica Moore, 218-316-3915
- Detroit Lakes
Molly Costin, 218-846-8114
Scott Schroeder, 218-846-8134
Steve Schmidt, 507-206-2618
Paul Brietzke, 507-206-2616
Wayne Cords, 507-344-5245 — east unit supervisor
Sara Isebrand, 507-344-5263
Mark Jacobs, 507-476-4263 — west unit supervisor
Ben Crowell, 507-476-4261
Brent Riess, 507-476-4268
Randy Hukriede, 320-441-6966 — manager
Jerry Holien, 320-441-6967
George Schwint, 320-441-6971 — engineer
Toby Sunderland, 320-441-6970 — engineer
Forrest Peterson, 320-441-6972 — public information
- St. Paul
Kim Brynildson, 651-757-2250 — lead engineer
Don Hauge, 651-757-2855 — county program
Allison Remer, 651-757-2062
Courtney Ahlers-Nelson, 651-757-2783 — program development
County Feedlot Officers
- County Feedlot Officers . List of feedlot contacts for counties in Minnesota. Updated June 2013. Note: this file should be printed in landscape orientation on legal-size paper.
Other County Contact Information
- County contact information . This file contains a separate page for all 87 counties. Find a particular page by clicking on the county name on the list or map.
- Minnesota Board of Animal Health
- Well Management Program (Minn. Dept. of Health)
- Manure Management and Air Quality (University of Minnesota Extension)
- Livestock producer resources (Minnesota Dept. of Agriculture)
- Project - Generic Environmental Impact Statement for Animal Agriculture (EQB)
- Livestock and Poultry Environmental Stewardship Curriculum
- Resources on Minnesota Issues - Feedlots
- Board of Water and Soil Resources BWSR provides outreach and comprehensive water planning to local government officials, planners and managers.