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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.


Attention livestock producers: The NPDES Annual Report form is due March 1, 2015. MS Word Document Animal feedlot or manure storage annual report (PDF Version) (wq-f3-22b)


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.

Contacts and assistance

MPCA Feedlot Program

QuestionsIf you have questions about the MPCA County Feedlot Program, please contact Don Hauge at MPCA (e-mail:, phone: 651-757-2855) or Wayne Zellmer at the Board of Water and Soil Resources (e-mail:, 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

  • Brainerd
    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
  • Rochester
    Steve Schmidt, 507-206-2618
    Paul Brietzke, 507-206-2616
  • Mankato
    Wayne Cords, 507-344-5245 — east unit supervisor
    Sara Isebrand, 507-344-5263
  • Marshall
    Mark Jacobs, 507-476-4263 — west unit supervisor
    Ben Crowell, 507-476-4261
    Brent Riess, 507-476-4268
  • Willmar
    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

  • PDF Document County Feedlot Officers (wq-f1-13) . 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

  • PDF Document County contact information (wq-f1-14) . 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.

Training opportunities

Links to other information about feedlots

Federal government

Last modified on September 17, 2014 08:43

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