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Feedlot Program

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.

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.

2015 State Disposal System animal feedlot general permit

The MPCA proposes to issue a General State Disposal System (SDS) Permit for 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. The draft permit will be open for public review and comment Feb. 9 through March 11, 2015. Comments may be sent to Kim Brynildson, MPCA, 520 Lafayette Rd. N., St. Paul, MN 55155-4194, or emailed to The proposed SDS general permit (MNG450000) and fact sheet are available for review in the documents below and at MPCA offices during regular business hours 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. You may receive copies upon written request or by calling the MPCA at: 320-214-3786.

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)

Contacts and assistance

MPCA Feedlot Program

QuestionsIf you have questions about the MPCA County Feedlot Program, please contact Steve Schmidt by email at or phone at 507-506-2618, or Wayne Zellmer at the Board of Water and Soil Resources by email at, 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

  • Brainerd
    Rhonda Adkins, 218-316-3900
    Jessica Moore, 218-316-3915
  • Detroit Lakes
    Lisa Scheirer, 218-846-8122 — West Unit supervisor
    Molly Costin, 218-846-8114
    Scott Schroeder, 218-846-8134
  • Rochester
    Steve Schmidt, 507-206-2618 — East Unit supervisor
    Paul Brietzke, 507-206-2616
    Mark Gernes, 507-206-2643
  • Mankato
    Sara Isebrand, 507-344-5263
    Desiree Hohenstein, 507-344-5265
  • Marshall
    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
    Richard Gruenes, 651-757-2751
    Allison Remer, 651-757-2062 — engineer


County feedlot officers

  • PDF Document County Feedlot Officers (wq-f1-13) . 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 May 07, 2015 10:24

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