The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency administers rules regulating livestock feedlots in Minnesota. In addition, counties may be delegated by the MPCA to administer the program for feedlots that are not required to have a state or federal operating permit.
The feedlot rule (Minnesota Rules Chapter 7020) 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.
2016-2021 National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System general permit
The new National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) general permit for livestock farms covering 2016-2021 is now available. Applications for the permit should be submitted as soon as possible. The permit is available on this webpage, and at regional offices. For more information contact Kim Brynildson, MPCA, 520 Lafayette Rd. N., St. Paul, MN 55155, firstname.lastname@example.org. The current NPDES/SDS general permit expires Jan. 31, 2016.
2015 State Disposal System animal feedlot general permit
The State Disposal System (SDS) general permit for livestock feedlots capable of holding 1,000 animal units (AU) or more, or the manure generated by 1,000 AU or more, as defined under Minnesota law is now available. The federal National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit will contain all conditions of the SDS permit as well.
Avian flu epidemic clean-up and disposal
Information and guidance on the MPCA's emergency response team's work on the avian flu epidemic.
- Feedlot Program Overview
- Feedlot Rule, Policies
- List of Submitted Feedlot NPDES Permit Public Notices
- Public notices page will include notices for Individual NPDES Permit Public Notices and Draft Permits
- Feedlot permit information and application forms
- Feedlot Wall Calendar
- County feedlot program
- Related links
If you have questions about the MPCA County Feedlot Program, please contact Steve Schmidt by email at email@example.com or phone at 507-506-2618, or Wayne Zellmer at the Board of Water and Soil Resources by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or 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
Rhonda Adkins, 218-316-3900
- Detroit Lakes
Lisa Scheirer, 218-846-8122 — West Unit supervisor
Molly Costin, 218-846-8114
Scott Schroeder, 218-846-8134
Steve Schmidt, 507-206-2618 — East Unit supervisor
Paul Brietzke, 507-206-2616
Mark Gernes, 507-206-2643
Sara Isebrand, 507-344-5263
Desiree Hohenstein, 507-344-5265
Ben Crowell, 507-476-4261
Brent Riess, 507-476-4268
Randy Hukriede, 320-441-6966 — manager
Jerry Holien, 320-441-6967
George Schwint, 320-894-5866 — engineer
Toby Sunderland, 320-212-1910 — engineer
Forrest Peterson, 320-441-6972 — public information
- St. Paul
Kim Brynildson, 651-757-2250 — lead engineer
Richard Gruenes, 651-757-2751
Allison Remer, 651-757-2062 — engineer
County feedlot officers
- County Feedlot Officers . Feedlot contacts for counties in Minnesota. Updated April 2015. 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