County Feedlot Officer toolbox

Additional resources and information that may be helpful for County Feedlot Officers and technical staff involved in the MPCA Feedlot Program. This webpage is updated periodically as new forms and documents become available. If you have  problems or see the need for corrections or changes, contact Michelle Oie, 218-316-3877, or Forrest Peterson, 320-979-1776.

I. Registration and permitting

A. General Information

Use the Which permit do I need? webpage for more guidance on the type of permit required. The Minnesota Department of Agriculture provides general information: Siting Livestock Farms in Minnesota.

B. Registration program

Common forms and fact sheets can be found on the Registration webpage.

! A feedlot owner must inform the MPCA/CFO prior to commencing construction of a new site or expansion of an existing site, even if a permit is not required. See notice of construction or expansion form on the webpage listed above.

C. CSF (construction short form) and interim permits

Common forms and fact sheets can be found on the Construction and interim permits webpage.

! A CFO should not issue a CSF or interim permit to sites that meet the large CAFO thresholds. Any permitting action for large CAFOs is done by MPCA staff.

D. NPDES and SDS permits

Refer to the information found on the NPDES and SDS permits webpage.

E. Environmental Review - EAW (Environmental Review Worksheet)

Refer to the information found on the Feedlot environmental review webpage.

II. Manure management plans and land application

Common forms and fact sheets are found on the Land application webpage.

! A manure management plan (MMP) should be reviewed and approved prior to any permitting action.

III. Construction, operation, and other technical guidance
     (LMSAs, MinnFARM, pastures, animal mortality, etc.)

Common forms, factsheets, and guidance can be found on the Construction, operation, and technical requirements webpage.

! Footings are required under all columns in below-barn liquid manure storage areas (i.e., swine barn pits). The total thickness must be at least 8 inches (5 inch floor plus 3 inch footing).

! Construction of a new or expansion of an existing open-air swine basin is prohibited.

IV. Inspections

A. Inspections checklist

B. Preparing for inspections

V. Public concerns and complaints

VI. Odor and air quality

VII. Spills and emergencies

VIII. Enforcement

IX. Rules and statutes

A. State statutes

B. Rules

X. Contacts and educational resources

A. NRCS and or SWCD

B. Education, training and news

C. Related state programs