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News on MPCA's new online permit application service for feedlot permitting. Paper or email permit applications will no longer be accepted.

Published: May 16, 2022

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Agriculture Stewardship

  • Online permit application service coming in March
  • Re-registration for feedlots wrapping up
  • Annual reports due March 1
  • Applying solid manure in March
  • New feedlot forms and resources available
  • MAWQCP-certified farm featured in international story on hypoxia
  • County feedlot staff updates
  • Local efforts removing waters from MPCA Impaired Waters List
  • 20 SWCDs partnering with MDA to implement $3.5 million federal precision irrigation partnership
  • Red Basin phosphorous reduction plan bringing together regulated, unregulated sources
  • Ag-Urban Forum highlights collaboration needed to meet varied challenges
  • In the news

Published: February 04, 2022
  • Katrina Kessler appointed MPCA commissioner
  • MPCA visits Northfield and Faribault, communities standing up to climate change
  • Rare conditions: MPCA studies shrunken Minnesota River
  • Feedlot update: Re-registration under way for all feedlots. Process is now online.
  • Online permit application service targeting December release date
  • Renewing NPDES permit coverage? Keep checking for new online service and application deadline
  • Feedlot multi-site policy updated
  • EPA action means October land application requirements will remain in new NPDES permit
  • 3rd Agriculture-Urban Partnership Forum coming in early 2022
  • Webinar: Building human capital in conservation, watershed work (Nov. 10)
  • Additional endorsements available to water quality certified producers
  • Animal waste technician recertification training
  • Cover crop farmers encouraged to apply for Farm Business Management scholarships
  • In the news
Published: November 10, 2021
  • Measuring soil health: On-farm field days to share results
  • Waste to Worth seeks topics for 2022 conference
  • Feedlot Update
    • Feedlot program welcomes new staff
    • Feedlot program training videos now available online
    • Factsheet addresses FAQs on feedlots for lenders, real estate
    • Environmental review wraps up for 12,000-head dairy proposed in Traverse County
  • Water quality-certified livestock farms go to front of feedlot permit application line
  • Lawmakers approve $2 million for water storage in the Minnesota River Watershed
  • Ag-environment events, education, research
  • In the news
Published: July 08, 2021
  • Ag water quality certification adds climate endorsement
  • Feedlot Update
    • MPCA, county staff appointments
    • U of M Extension offers online course on manure management planning
    • Feedlot online registrations
    • Development continues for online permit application service
  • Conservation practices on irrigated cropland: $3.5 million grant for central Minnesota
  • Groundwater monitoring: MDA project to focus on areas with elevated nitrate
  • Ag-environmental policy landscape
  • Ag events, education and research
  • In the news
  • Calendar
Published: May 18, 2021
  • MPCA launches updated water quality trading guide
  • Feedlot Update: Operating permits status, annual reports
  • How you can weigh in on state water quality standards review
  • Water quality-certified farms roster surpasses 1,000
  • MDA offers cash for on-farm nutrient management field trials
  • Minnesota-specific cover crop guide available online
  • 10,500-head Grace Dairy environmental review under way
  • Agriculture stewardship research news
Published: March 11, 2021
  • Aim for 1 million ag water quality certified acres - Gov. Walz
  • ‘Social distancing’ no barrier to farm-city partnership
  • How agriculture can help address climate change
  • Feedlot Update: 2021 NPDES permit, online services
  • Comment open for amending Class 3, 4 water quality rules
  • Soil Health Coalition launches virtual programs Jan. 27
  • Waseca winter Jan. 14 crops day online event recorded
  • Minnesota Milk Minne-Series: Conservation & Sustainability
  • CAWT recertification training going online in 2021
  • Organic farming conference online Jan. 7, 14, 21, 28
  • MPCA recognizes Christensen Farms for water conservation
  • Nitrogen, nutrient management events online in February
  • NRCS ag conservation planning framework webinar Jan. 28

Published: January 15, 2021
  • Weather always a concern for farmers - Now it's climate, too
  • MPCA Feedlot Program update: Online services, 2021-26 general permit, 20th anniversary 'new' feedlot rule
  • Ongoing study can help farmers use manure more efficiently
  • Farmers team up to work on improving soil health
  • Sociology of soil management at online summit Dec. 15-16
  • Certified dairy farm helping to protect St. Croix River
  • Ag water quality certification newsletter highlights
  • Much of water flow in SE Minnesota unseen, yet vulnerable
  • Composting effectively manages pandemic livestock surplus
  • Webinar: Winter management of livestock grazing
  • Winter ag conventions go virtual, trade shows cancelled
Published: November 05, 2020
  • Nitrogen fertilizer-groundwater restrictions begin Sept. 1
  • MPCA Feedlot Program Update
  • Winkelman's adventures add ag water quality certification
  • Grant applications to update livestock operations due Nov. 4
  • Groups launch 4R Nutrient Stewardship certification program
  • Sediment reduction pipe dream comes true
  • UM nutrient management podcast, research update, events
  • Get your nitrogen smarts on these Extension web pages
  • Minnesota Office for Soil Health website lists events
  • Interactive state map shows environmental review projects
  • Air emissions from composting webinar Sept. 18
Published: September 04, 2020
  • Feedlot permit covering 2021-2026 open for public review
  • Feedlot Program Update
  • Being proactive leads Frankes to water quality certification
  • Ag giants collaborate on stewardship technology
  • Partners in Ag Innovation virtual conference July 30
  • Composting manure virtual workshops live online Aug. 11
  • NRCS videos show wetland and stream restoration, grazing
  • Ask the expert: Soil health Q&A with Joey Koptis
  • Poultry convention and trade show to be 'virtual' Aug. 12-13
  • Minnesota Farmfest 2020 canceled, forums to be virtual

Published: July 02, 2020
  • Lake Pepin reflects much of state's water quality efforts
  • Funds available for farm market sanitation equipment
  • Bonanza Valley farmer protects groundwater and bottom line
  • Report: Environmental stewardship = greater profitability
  • Candidate filing for SWCD elections opens May 19
  • Human health: Pathogens, contaminants in livestock systems
  • New CRP pilot offers longer-term conservation benefits
Published: May 05, 2020
  • COVID-19 response includes regulatory flexibility requests
  • News: Department of Agriculture inspection services to continue
Published: March 30, 2020
  • Meetings for 2021-2026 feedlot NPDES permit to go online
  • Advance preparations help to minimize flood impacts
  • Two honored for expanded ag water quality endorsement
  • Farmers learn about maxing return, cutting loss of nitrogen
  • 'Designer manure' - Customizing manure nutrients to meet crop needs - LPELC webinar
  • Check out these videos on 'conservation at work'
  • MPCA Feedlot Program news
Published: March 16, 2020
  • Farmer-led Soil Health Coalition gaining ground
  • Ag BMPs also help with greenhouse gas reduction
  • Court: Feedlot EAWs must include greenhouse gas estimates
  • Map shows where fall fertilizer applications may be restricted
  • Nitrogen meetings aim to maximize return, minimize loss
  • Water quality endorsements added for soil health, pest management, and wildlife
  • Nutrient management, nitrogen conferences highlight profitability, environmental progress
  • 'Cover crops 101' free classes offered in SE Minnesota
  • Live webinar Jan. 29 from U of M on cover crops
  • Demand drives need for revised water quality permit fees
  • MPCA revising feedlot NPDES general permit for 2021-2026
  • Commercial Animal Waste Technician training scheduled
  • State receives $9 million for farm conservation practices
  • MPCA Feedlot Program Update

Published: January 24, 2020
  • Wet weather challenge for harvest, proper manure management
  • Agriculture Stewardship - Land, Water, Livestock newsletter now quarterly
  • Visit MPCA feedlot program exhibits at livestock trade shows
  • MPCA to consider rule changes for water quality permit fees
  • Ag BMPs also benefit greenhouse gas reductions
  • More than 800 farms now water quality certified
  • Grants available for updates to livestock operations
  • News briefs
  • MPCA feedlot program news
Published: October 31, 2019
  • Field day shows how fish and farms all part of a watershed
  • Comments on Minnesota River Basin studies due Sept. 20
  • Ag water quality certification benefits Minnesota River
  • MSU names Geske director of new ag resources institute
  • Inventories inform nutrient management in watersheds
  • Funding available for sustainable agriculture projects
  • $1 million available for fertilizer research and outreach
Published: September 18, 2019
  • Solutions for the Minnesota River: Farm practices build soil health and improve water quality
  • 500,000 acres now enrolled in ag water quality certification
  • Life in the pits: A look at soil management and crop health
  • Fishers and Farmers field day Sept. 16 in Rice County
  • Ribbon-cutting launches Minnesota Soil Health Coalition
  • Palmer amaranth target of survey on screenings for feed
  • MDA seeks Nitrogen Fertilizer Management Plan coordinator
  • Ensure healthy livestock, clean equipment for State Fair

Published: August 23, 2019
  • Minnesota River needs improved land, water management
  • AgroEcology summit promotes better habitat, ag profit
  • Cass County gets its first Ag Water Quality Certified farm
  • Beet co-op meets environmental goals in 'challenging' year
  • Hemp, hops, health, weather technology at Farmfest Aug. 6-8
  • 'Cover Crops: Setting up for Success', Aug. 20, Lamberton
  • Summer beef tour highlights dairy, beef in Morris area
  • Stony Creek Farm hosts Soil Health Academy Aug. 13-15
  • Good communication helps deal with stress in agriculture
  • Patrice Bailey named Assistant Commissioner of Agriculture

Published: July 23, 2019
  • Fishers and Farmers work together on land, water projects
  • Ag water research group hears from state agency leaders
  • Water quality-certified farms in locally grown catalog
  • Soil Health Academy Aug. 13-15 at Stoney Creek Farm
  • Temporary feed storage needs runoff controls
  • Change in store for navigating to Feedlot Program web page
  • RFP for manure research grants due June 28
  • Map tool alerts pesticide applicators to sensitive crop fields
Published: June 10, 2019
  • Meet Minnesota’s water quality certified farmers
  • Waste to worth conference presentations on LPELC webpage
  • Office for Soil Health forum seeks soil health solutions
  • Minnesota River Basin Data Center to host information on water storage
  • Extension Water Resources Center expands staff
  • Information about grazing available on new hotline
  • 2017 census shows increase in women ag producers
  • Taking survey could help land ag plastics recycling facility
  • UW Discovery Farms update
  • Temporary feed storage needs runoff controls
Published: May 06, 2019
  • Forum April 4 on water storage in Minnesota River basin
  • Cover crops, rotational grazing, habitat add up to water quality certification
  • NRCS helps farmers fine-tune practices, attain ag water quality certification
  • Advance preparations helping to minimize flood impacts
  • Waste to Worth conference April 22-26 in Minneapolis
  • Bois de Sioux Watershed landowners and farmers backing $2 million ditch project to benefit water quality, flood reduction
  • Side-dressing can extend window for applying manure
  • Ag Dept. offers variety of loans and grants
  • Midwest Farm Energy Conference July 10-11 at UMM

Published: April 08, 2019
  • Waste to Worth highlights science on livestock, environment
  • Livestock and septic systems contribute to Minnesota River bacteria impairments
  • Governor’s budget tags $2M for investigating nitrate pollution in karst region
  • Report cites Red River water quality concerns, solutions
  • Farms receiving manure must keep records, follow rates
  • Bahr, Kashmark join MPCA feedlot program staff
  • Delegated county feedlot program news
Published: March 06, 2019
  • 11th annual Nutrient Management Conference Feb. 19
  • Webinar: Using manure to improve soil health
  • Cover crops, reduced tillage topics Feb. 12 at Renville
  • Ag research update Feb. 12-14 at U of M outreach centers
  • NPDES and SDS feedlot permit annual reports due March 1
  • NRCS earmarks $4.5 million for grants in Minnesota
  • Pheasants Forever award goes to Ag Water Quality Certification Program
  • BWSR awards $13.7 million in Clean Water Fund grants
  • Projects highlight 10 years of Clean Water Funds
  • News briefs
Published: February 05, 2019
  • Applications open for 2019 livestock investment grants
  • Stoney Brook Farms is 600th Water Quality Certified farm
  • Clean Water Partnership program offers 0% interest loans
  • Open for comment: Rules on water body beneficial uses
  • Society for Range Management convention here Feb. 10-14

Published: October 04, 2018
  • Ag water quality certification program receives national honor
  • Farmers learn from farmers about maximizing soil health
  • Gulf shrimpers meet farmers upriver about water quality
  • Cattle, cover crops build soil health on Redwood County farm
  • Stearns County 'soil health tour' highlights cover crops
  • BWSR board annual tour visits Rock, Nobles counties
  • Local governments collaborate on water planning
  • Land stewardship changes could spark water quality improvements in Lower Red River Watershed
  • News briefs
Published: September 06, 2018
  • FarmFest panel responds to variety of water quality questions
  • Vegetated infiltration basins prove worth at flooded feedlots
  • Winona County SWCD 80th anniversary event Aug. 14
  • Producers needed for pig environmental footprint project
  • Minnesota River bacteria (E. coli.) TMDL available for review
  • UM receives funds for soil and manure management research
  • Loan and other info at Dept. of Ag FarmFest booth
Published: August 09, 2018
  • Agricultural water quality certified acres making an impact
  • Water quality certification program joins Field to Market
  • Drainage water management demo Aug. 16 at Lamberton
  • Cottonwood Cattle Producers host Summer Beef Tour
  • Wet weather challenging for manure storage capacity
  • Anna Cates named first State Soil Health Specialist
  • Public hearings in July on proposed groundwater rule
  • Regional collaboration focus at ag-animal science conference
  • State's first SWCD formed 80 years ago in Winona County
Published: July 11, 2018
  • Upper Midwest Tillage Guide lays out benefits, best options
  • Just in time for spring construction planning: 0% loans for water quality projects
  • Information meetings slated for groundwater protection rule
  • 'Groundwater stories' begin with the aquifer and those sharing it
  • Les Everett leaves a robust legacy for ag and water quality
  • Water detention structures installed in Dobbins Creek
  • Water Quality Advisory Committee to meet June 8
  • News briefs
  • Dust storms or cover crops?
Published: June 04, 2018
  • Online tool helps timing of manure applications with weather
  • April 29-May 6 named to celebrate soil and water stewardship
  • Blog posts on soil health definition, injected manure effects
  • Groundwater protection rule comment begins April 30
  • Minnesota water research digital library update goes live
  • Buffer strips lead South Fork Crow River improvement ideas
  • Marcie Weinandt leaves ag water quality program on the rise
  • Ag drainage-water quality workshop June 27 in Mankato
  • Small grains: An easier way to plant (and grow) cover crops
  • Water fee advisory committee to meet May 4
  • Highly contagious disease has horse owners on high alert
  • In the news
Published: May 03, 2018
  • Hatfield dishes the dirt (ok, soil) on excess nitrogen in waters
  • Soil health guru Ray Archuleta campaigns in SE Minnesota
  • Can livestock help the adoption of cover crops?
  • Ag water quality certification farms up to more than 500
  • DNR meets with livestock producers about groundwater use
  • Minnkota Agri-Builders hear updates on energy, air quality
  • Root River 1 Watershed-1 Plan ready to go with projects
  • North Fork Crow River 'one watershed' plan open for review
  • Modderman joins Extension in crops-manure management
  • Animal disease outbreak training exercise set for May
Published: March 22, 2018
  • Ag water quality certification grows to 300,000+ acres
  • Education, reduce runoff among top water 'town hall' themes
  • BWSR plan seeks working lands and watershed restoration
  • Nitrogen in spotlight at conferences
  • Extension offers training on how to be 'Nitrogen Smart'
  • Reduced tillage, cover crops taking root in Renville County
  • NPDES and SDS feedlot permit annual reports due March 1
  • Water Fee Advisory Committee plans monthly meetings
  • Applying manure this spring? Start planning now
  • Court delays rule on reporting livestock farm above-limit air releases
  • North Fork Crow River 'one watershed' plan open for review
  • Tile drainage research forum March 6 at NDSU
  • The Farm Bill, Conservation, and the Environment
Published: February 22, 2018
  • Ideas flow from thousands at Water Quality Town Hall meetings
  • Podcast: Managing nutrients in winter
  • Two Wadena County farms now water quality certified
  • CAWT training workshops at six locations in 2018
  • Nitrogen, nutrient management conferences in February
  • Crow Wing named 'SWCD of the Year'
  • Water storage best hope for reducing excess river sediment
  • MPCA Assistant Commissioner Rebecca Flood to retire
  • MPCA closes Willmar regional office
Published: December 28, 2017
  • Beet co-op promotes cover crops, exceeds phosphorus-reduction credit goals
  • Ag BMP loans expanded to include larger livestock farms
  • Weather a challenge for fall-winter manure spreading
  • Check out MPCA exhibits at upcoming trade shows
  • Erin Cortus new UM livestock systems engineer
  • Larson named associate director at U of M Water Resources Center
Published: November 27, 2017
  • Big crowds, lively discussion at water quality meetings
  • Another great line-up for Ag and Animal Science Conference
  • Page to address ag and water quality at WRC conference
  • U picks Wilson for manure management specialist post
  • Hawk Creek watershed strategy approved, on to EPA
  • Survey: Farmers using cover crops report yield increases
  • Success with cover crops has a field day in Renville County
  • How to estimate nitrogen loss from leaching
  • International drone contest underway on Minnesota farm
Published: September 22, 2017
  • More farms earn agricultural water quality certification
  • Cover crop pioneers gaining audience among farmers
  • BWSR board tours water quality projects in Kandiyohi County
  • LPE September webcast about manure handling safety
  • News briefs
  • In the news
  • Ag-conservation field day events
Published: August 24, 2017
  • Cover crop, soil health events growing popular
  • 4R nutrient management field day July 25 at Legvold farm
  • MDA schedules additional Nitrogen Fertilizer Rule listening session
  • Summer beef tour rambles among the Glacial Ridge hills
  • Experts predict third largest Gulf of Mexico summer ‘dead zone’
  • Research funds awarded to buffer, multiple BMP projects
  • Open for comment: Possible increases to MPCA water quality permit fees
  • Ag-conservation field day events
Published: July 21, 2017
  • MDA seeks public input on draft Nitrogen Fertilizer Rule
  • EPA launches Animal Agriculture Education Project
  • Farmers describe 'doing our part' to help Minnesota River
  • Ag water quality certification taps into Conservation Corps
  • Summer beef tour July 11 in scenic Glacial Ridge area
  • Research funds awarded to buffer, multiple BMP projects
  • Slides from Public Drainage Manual workshops now online
  • Ag-conservation field day events
Published: June 21, 2017
  • Feedlot Update newsletter gets a new name
  • Dairies in Sauk River watershed certify for water quality practices
  • Loans, grants available for farm improvement, expansion
  • Minnesota CREP sign-up now under way
  • Minnesota Milk conference and expo moving to Red Wing area
  • Midwest Row Crop Collaborative aims to strengthen conservation
  • Iowa reports on stream nutrient monitoring
  • Ag-conservation field day events
Published: May 23, 2017

Feedlot Update

  • MPCA revising feedlot NPDES general permit for 2021-2026
  • Visit the MPCA exhibit at conference trade shows
  • State receives $9 million for farm conservation practices
  • NPDES and SDS annual reports due March 1
Published: December 03, 2019
  • BAH building outreach for African Swine Fever prevention
  • Summer beef tour highlights dairy, beef in Morris area
  • Stony Creek Farm hosts Soil Health Academy Aug. 13-15
  • Highly contagious horse disease confirmed in Clay County
  • Notice of intent to adopt rules governing Mycoplasma requirements of turkeys
  • USDA phasing out visual-only animal ID in favor of RFID
  • MPCA Feedlot Program notes
Published: August 08, 2019
  • Low-interest loans available for snow damage to feedlots
  • Calm before the flood: Now's the time to prepare
  • Calling State Duty Officer first step in basin overflow response
  • Side-dressing can extend window for applying manure

Published: March 22, 2019
  • NPDES and SDS feedlot permit annual reports due March 1
  • Farms receiving manure must keep records, follow rates
  • Online tool helps timing of manure applications with weather
  • 11th annual Nutrient Management Conference Feb. 19
  • Waste to Worth highlights science on livestock, environment
  • Bahr, Kashmark join MPCA feedlot program staff
  • MPCA reviews permitting, EAW process at Pork Congress
  • Delegated county feedlot program news
Published: February 19, 2019
  • Society for Range Management convention here Feb. 9-14
  • Be proactive about wet weather impact on manure basins
  • Survey to measure pork producers on disease response
  • Resources available for farmers to manage finances, other pressures
  • Environmental Assessment Worksheet calendar
Published: October 26, 2018
  • Cottonwood Cattle Producers host Summer Beef Tour
  • Producers needed for pig environmental footprint project
  • Check the animal health rules for livestock at the state fair
  • Wet weather challenging for manure storage capacity
  • MPCA clarifies animal unit factor for gilts
  • Secure pork supply plan a response to disease outbreak
  • Feedlot program staff notes
Published: July 18, 2018

Wet weather challenging manure storage capacity: Recent heavy rains in southern Minnesota finds some livestock producers scrambling to stem overflow from livestock manure storage basins.

Published: June 22, 2018
  • MPCA posts update of manure management planner
  • Applying manure this spring? Start planning now
  • County feedlot officers convene in Stearns County
  • MDH offers training about public contact with animals
  • Ag-animal science networking event Sept. 25 in Willmar
  • Feedlot program news briefs
  • Feedlot environmental review worksheet public notices
  • Update on exemption for reporting livestock farm air releases
  • Livestock & Poultry Environmental News
  • Iowa adds new animal unit number for fish confinements
Published: April 18, 2018
  • NPDES and SDS annual reports due March 1
  • 2018 feedlot record-keeping calendar available online
  • Court delays rule on reporting livestock farm above-limit air releases
  • New public-private partnership unites precision ag and conservation
  • BAH forming task force on farmed cervidae (elk, deer, etc.)
  • Focus on gulf expands ag BMP loans to large feedlots
  • Feedlot program news briefs
  • Water Fee Advisory Committee plans monthly meetings
  • Nitrogen, nutrient management conferences in February
  • Network succeeding at detecting trends, good and bad, in Minnesota’s water quality
  • Livestock and Poultry Environmental Learning Center news
Published: January 25, 2018
  • Be proactive about wet weather impact on manure basins
  • Re-registration under way for livestock feedlots
  • Turkey litter losing a market with pending power plant closure
  • State grants fund on-farm livestock improvements
  • MnDOT to host listening sessions on ditch mowing/haying
  • New venue, format for Minnesota Milk Conference and Expo
  • MPCA feedlot program document updates posted on web
  • Dairy farmers give high marks to ag bag recycling
  • UM Animal Science searching for new department Head
Published: October 20, 2017
  • Summer beef tour rambles among the Glacial Ridge hills
  • Multiple site policy updated to comply with law change
  • Summer good time to check on manure storage, application equipment
  • MPCA Feedlot Program news
  • What have we learned from the 2017 avian influenza events?
  • Open for comment: Possible increases to MPCA water quality permit fees
  • EPA launches Animal Agriculture Education Project
  • Veterinary Diagnostic Lab releases 2016 annual report
  • UMN Extension hosts dairy field days in July, August
Published: July 13, 2017
  • Feedlot Update newsletter gets a new name
  • Dairies in Sauk River watershed certify for water quality practices
  • Loans, grants available for farm improvement, expansion
  • Minnesota CREP sign-up now under way
  • Minnesota Milk conference and expo moving to Red Wing area
  • Midwest Row Crop Collaborative aims to strengthen conservation
  • Iowa reports on stream nutrient monitoring
  • Ag-conservation field day events
Published: May 23, 2017
  • Feedlot Update name change expands ag-water quality news
  • Cover crops, grazing, FAD among MACFO convention topics
  • Todd County feedlot annual meeting draws a large crowd
  • Ag Water Quality Certification Program tops 200,000 acres
  • John Phipps to keynote Ag and Animal Science conference
  • Updated version of What’s In My Neighborhood now available
  • Sustainable practices is April theme in Year of Water Action
  • ND creates separate Dept. of Environmental Quality
Published: April 21, 2017
  • Grazing systems on Soil Health Day program March 23
  • New blog focuses on manure and soil health
  • Feedlot program news briefs
  • New e-mail address for submitting permit annual reports, feedlot registrations
  • MPCA adopts new logo for state departments
  • Climate change impact on water is 'action' theme for March
Published: March 16, 2017
  • New e-mail address for submitting permit annual reports, feedlot registrations
  • MPCA recognizes Bartholome Farms for responsible feedlot manure management
  • MDA launches cropland grazing exchange website
  • Feedlot program exhibits at crop consultant winter meeting
  • Poultry convention includes avian disease conference
  • MPCA Feedlot Program News briefs
  • MN-WI Discovery Farms launch online discussion site
  • Livestock and Poultry Environmental Learning Center news
Published: February 15, 2017
  • Twin Eagle Dairy number 300 in Water Quality Certification Program
  • 2017 feedlot inspection record calendar available online
  • NPDES, SDS permit annual reports due March 1
  • MPCA feedlot staff attend 2017 Pork Congress
  • Loans, grants available for farm improvement, expansion
  • U of M schedules cow/calf days in January-February
  • Water summit Jan. 27 at U of M-Morris
  • News briefs
  • Retirement open house Feb. 8 for Wayne Anderson
  • Extension offers manure and soil health webcasts
  • Cover crops turn up (turnip?) cow condition
Published: January 20, 2017
  • Manure land application in winter requires extra care
  • NPDES, SDS permit annual reports due March 1
  • Stop by the MPCA exhibit at Pork Congress Jan. 17-18
  • Winter grazing workshop highlights value of cover crops
  • Agreement with EPA to realign feedlot inspection focus
  • News briefs
  • Board of Animal Health reports highlights from 2016
  • MPCA revisits environmental worksheet for proposed hog farm
Published: December 21, 2016
  • Visit exhibits at trade shows - Dairy Expo, SWCD, Pork Congress
  • Permit holders can get a head start on annual reports
  • Dodge County votes to drop feedlot rule delegation
  • County feedlot program in spotlight at national conference
  • Free ag plastic solution coming to Minnesota
  • Manure pumping? Provide feedback and learn highway rules
  • Public information meeting requested for Circle K project
  • MPCA website offline for maintenance Dec. 9-12
  • LPE Learning Center December newsletter
Published: November 28, 2016
  • Be proactive about wet weather impact on manure basins
  • Large turnout at Minnesota Poultry Testing Lab open house
  • Ag-animal science event highlights GMOs, animal welfare
  • Feedlot program news briefs
  • LPELC Oct. 28 webinar topic: Manure and soil health
  • Global Harvest Initiative director to keynote AgriGrowth convention
Published: October 17, 2016
  • Open house for major expansion at poultry testing lab
  • Ag-animal science conference promotes technology campus
  • MPCA feedlot program news briefs
  • Governor Dayton launches `Year of Water Action"
  • Cattle farm honored for outstanding conservation efforts
  • Ag, livestock industry in spotlight on commissioners' tour
  • LPELC September webcast: Nutrient recycling challenge
Published: September 15, 2016
  • Temporary poultry testing lab closing during relocation
  • Poultry return to State Fair livestock show
  • EcoExperience
  • Soybean growers president applies for ag water quality certification
  • Feedlot program news briefs
  • Start fall manure application planning now, before harvest
  • Ag and animal science conference Sept. 20
  • LPE Learning Center webcast: Manure transport and safety
Published: August 17, 2016
  • Ag water quality certification reaches 100,000 acres
  • Nice, summer day for Midwest Cattlemen to host beef tour
  • Manure application videos receive communications award
  • MPCA feedlot program news briefs
  • Case studies outline options for reducing excess phosphorus from manure land application
  • BAH makes changes to Influenza Surveillance Program
  • Meadow Star Dairy open house draws 5,000 visitors
Published: July 14, 2016
  • Land O'Lakes to participate in ag water quality certification
  • Open house June 30 at Meadow Star Dairy
  • Gabe Brown to speak at National Bison Association convention in Minnesota
  • Webcast June 17 on drones and livestock operations
  • Permit applicants receiving letter about application backlog
  • Swine farm project passes environmental review
  • EAW petition received for Wabasha Co. dairy expansion
  • Feedlot program staff notes
  • Thompson installed as Board of Animal Health director
Published: June 08, 2016
  • Water quality certified livestock farms go to front of permit application line
  • Brooten dairy recognized by U.S. for outstanding farm sustainability
  • MPCA clarifies definition of liquid manure storage areas
  • County feedlot staff attend training
  • County feedlot officers sponsor manure management video
  • Minnesota researchers win EPA nutrient recycling challenge
  • Robert Saik to keynote animal science conference Sept. 20
  • Go west (to Canby) for Summer Beef Tour July 11-12
  • National Bison Association summer conference in Minnesota
Published: May 13, 2016
  • Busy spring with annual reports, annual fee, permit renewals
  • Dr. Beth Thompson named BAH executive director
  • Cattlemen's summer tour July 11-12 in Canby area
  • Course offered on holistic grazing management
  • Report to legislature shows overall livestock industry growth
  • County program news briefs
  • Filing for SWCD supervisor positions open May 17-31
  • Livestock and poultry environmental learning center news
Published: April 13, 2016
  • Manure-nitrogen guide for irrigated corn on sandy soils
  • Check with DNR about water use permit requirements
  • NPDES and SDS permit annual reports were due March 1
  • Staff busy processing permit applications and renewals
  • News briefs
  • LPE Learning Center webcast March 25
Published: March 16, 2016
  • NPDES and SDS permit annual reports due March 1
  • 2016-21 NPDES general permit for feedlots now in effect
  • MPCA feedlot staff attend Pork Congress
  • Feb. 27 water summit offers waiting list, online survey
Published: February 18, 2016
  • Manure land application in winter requires extra care
  • Legislative report details county program results, resources
  • NPDES and SDS permit annual reports due March 1
  • NPDES general permit renewals, SDS permits due Jan. 31
  • 2016 feedlot inspection records calendar available online
  • Elk breeders convention Jan. 9 in Willmar
  • News briefs
  • Livestock and Poultry Environmental Learning Center news
Published: January 13, 2016
  • NPDES and SDS permit annual reports due March 1
  • Many NPDES permit renewal applications still needed
  • 2016 feedlot inspection record calendar available soon
  • Otter Tail SWCD staff receive Outstanding Employee awards
  • Case studies address excess phosphorus in manure
  • Ripka named to Board of Animal Health
  • Poultry testing lab to expand in Willmar
  • Carcass management alternatives open for public comment
  • Fields to streams: Managing mater in rural landscapes
  • Quarantine lifted on all farms infected with HPAI
Published: December 18, 2015
  • MACFO annual convention Nov. 4-6 in Owatonna
  • MPCA reviews mortality management at HPAI conference
  • NRCS announces early signup for FY 2016 EQIP funds
  • State grants help fund livestock improvements on the farm
  • MDA issues 2015 Greenbook with sustainable ag stories
  • Livestock and Poultry Environmental Learning Center News
  • News briefs
Published: October 20, 2015
  • Legislative Water Commission tours water quality certified dairy in Stearns County
  • Feedlot inventory completed in West Fork Des Moines
  • NPDES general permit for 2016-21 available soon
  • Be sure to use correct forms for NPDES permit application, manure management plan
  • Delegated county program news
  • State prepares for possible avian flu in fall
  • DNR reaching out to livestock operations on water use
  • Grants available for livestock farm improvements
Published: September 09, 2015
  • Summer beef tour ranges from farm to fork
  • NPDES draft general permit open for public comment
  • Court rules SDS permit necessary for cattle producer
  • Be sure to use correct forms for NPDES permit application, manure management plan
  • Feed storage area changes in 2016-21 NPDES general permit
  • All HPAI control areas released from quarantine
Published: August 07, 2015
  • State Disposal System permit available for eligible feedlots
  • 2016-2021 NPDES general permit going on public notice
  • Summer beef tour July 21 in McLeod County area
  • Solid waste, feedlot staff offer avian flu clean-up response
  • News briefs
  • World livestock expert at Animal Science Conference
  • Cannon Falls dairy farm hosts 2015 Hay and Forage Expo
  • Livestock and Poultry Environmental Learning Center News
Published: July 08, 2015
  • Dairy generates buzz about environmental sustainability
  • Poultry workers asked to be vigilant about biosecurity
  • Avian flu on Animal Science conference agenda Sept. 24
  • SDS permit available soon; 2016-21 NPDES permit in the works
  • CFO gives good advice on building good relationships
Published: June 05, 2015
  • SDS general permit for livestock available soon
  • Composting primary means of avian flu carcass disposal
  • BAH seeks workers for avian flu campaign
  • Turkey for lunch at the state Capitol
  • County feedlot staff trained on aspects of feedlot rule
  • Above and beyond — Baers making the most of manure
  • Livestock & Poultry Environmental Learning Center News
Published: May 07, 2015
  • New State Disposal System permit for feedlots soon available
  • Workshops April 2 and 9 on new LMSA publication
  • Avian flu outbreaks in Lac qui Parle, Stearns counties
  • Composting being used at avian flu site in Pope County
  • Preventing contact with wildlife primary biosecurity measure
  • Oie takes over delegated county feedlot program duties
  • Summer beef tour July 21 in Hutchinson area
  • Livestock & Poultry Environmental News March 2015
Published: April 01, 2015
  • Webcast March 6 on 'novel' animal housing ideas
  • Feedlot SDS general permit comment period ends March 11
  • Many NPDES permit annual reports make March 1 due date
  • News briefs
  • Feedlot staff, livestock producers invited to Extension workshops on phosphorus
  • Dairy summit sees challenges, opportunities for growth
Published: March 04, 2015
  • SDS draft permit available for public review and comment
  • Good attendance at 2015 Pork Congress
  • NPDES operating permit annual reports due March 1
  • Feedlot staff, livestock producers invited to Extension workshops on phosphorus
Published: February 04, 2015
  • MACFO becomes an official AMC-affiliated organization
  • Visit MPCA booth at Pork Congress trade show Jan. 21-22
  • SDS draft permit to be available for public comment
  • News briefs
  • Extension offers nutrient management workshop
  • Sustainable ag grant applications due Jan. 23
  • Supreme Court hears Reichmann cattle permitting case
Published: January 08, 2015
  • Early winter weather hastens manure land application
  • Public notice period approaching for SDS draft permit
  • 'Optimal' grazing plan workshop offered in Benson
  • Next up for trade shows: Dairy Expo, Cattlemen's convention
  • News briefs
  • LPELC webcast on manure application challenges this fall
  • Report to EPA shows a total of 280 inspections at CAFOs
Published: December 04, 2014
  • New staff training a priority at county feedlot officer conference
  • MPCA gears up to participate in variety of ag tradeshows
  • Follow best practices for successful fall manure application
  • News briefs
  • Livestock & Poultry Environmental News
  • U of M Beef Team cattle feeder days Dec. 9-11
  • In the news
Published: November 06, 2014
  • County feedlot staff conference Oct. 13-15 in Alexandria
  • Review biosecurity measures for fall manure application
  • News briefs
  • Ag Water Quality Certification updates website
  • Birr named executive director for corn growers
  • Arnot urges livestock industry to 'engage the public'
  • Webcast Oct. 17 on feed to whole farm nutrient management
Published: October 02, 2014
  • UM Extension field days highlight successful dairy systems
  • PCA board votes to require EIS for proposed dairy
  • Feedlot staff news
  • Extension hosts total tillage solutions field day Sept. 4
  • MSCA welcomes Ashley Kohls as new executive director
  • Supreme Court to review MPCA-Reichmann case
  • Soil and water management key in a changing climate
  • U of M workshops feature fertilizer value of manure
  • Helping turkey farmers reduce energy use with LED lighting
  • Conservation agriculture congress proceedings online
Published: September 03, 2014
  • Summer beef tour features Redwood County cattle producers
  • Discovery Farm analyzes runoff from cropland residue grazing
  • Feedlot expansion in Pipestone County clears environmental review
  • News briefs
  • First farm to gain water quality certification in Elm Creek area
  • Web tool for reporting swine enteric coronavirus disease
Published: July 17, 2014
  • Revised feedlot rules now in effect
  • June Dairy Month events feature tours, farm breakfasts
  • Redwood Area Cattlemen host Summer Beef Tour July 8
  • Court says cattle operation must have a state permit
  • Wabasha votes to leave delegated county program
  • Staff notes
  • Blue Horizon Farm seek SDS permit for bedrock removal
Published: June 12, 2014
  • MPCA board approves update of feedlot rules
  • Pierz dairy recognized for energy efficiency
  • Staff notes
  • News briefs
  • Johns Hopkins study misses dairy health regulations
Published: May 15, 2014
  • Herpes virus outbreak brings horse quarantine
  • MPCA Board to consider feedlot rule changes April 22
  • News briefs
  • Timely turnaround on most NPDES feedlot permits
  • Bedrock removal at feedlot construction requires approval
  • Study: Little regulation of human health impacts of large feedlots
Published: April 17, 2014
  • Minnkota group tours Riverview calf site
  • Wright County offices coordinate efforts on feedlots
  • New county feedlot staff attend training
  • Training March 28 for poultry testing agents
  • Schieck joins UM Swine Extension team
Published: March 20, 2014
  • Wisconsin system gives weather alerts for manure application
  • County feedlot staff training events scheduled
  • News briefs
  • Board of Animal Health website redesign
  • U of M develops first U.S. swine virus surveillance test
  • 2014 Minnkota symposium at Granite Falls March 13-14
  • LPE Learning Center news
  • Soil, water, climate spring seminar series at U of M
Published: February 20, 2014
  • Work continues on 7020 feedlot rule revisions
  • MPCA exhibits at winter ag shows
  • News briefs
  • Winter prohibits liquid, restricts solid manure land application
  • Livestock truck roll-over response class Jan. 23
  • Commercial Animal Waste Technician workshops scheduled
  • NPDES permit annual reports due March 1
  • LPE Learning Center
Published: January 23, 2014
  • ALJ issues report on proposed amendments to feedlot rule
  • Winter a good time to review manure management
  • Counties to record all categories of producer assistance
  • Feedlot registration tally increasing as Jan. 1 due date nears
  • News briefs
  • Workshop Jan. 23 on livestock truck roll-over response
  • Livestock and Poultry Learning Center newsletter
Published: December 12, 2013
  • County feedlot officer convention takes training tour at dairy
  • Panel: Communication key to success in permit process
  • Remember manure application setbacks
  • MPCA participating at seven convention trade shows
  • Feedlots getting re-registered for next four-year cycle
  • News briefs
  • 'Bison Fundamentals' class offered for potential producers
  • Grazing lands videoconference Dec. 5
Published: November 07, 2013
  • Feedlot rule post-hearing comment rebuttal period ends Oct. 7
  • MACFO convention Oct. 14-16 in St. Cloud
  • MPCA registered for livestock and ag trade shows
  • News briefs
  • Plan ahead for post-harvest manure land application
  • MDA taking comments on Nitrogen Fertilizer Management Plan
  • Pork producers, custom applicators on alert for PED
  • Cover crops benefit soil for conservation, production
  • EQB Monitor now available online via GovDelivery
Published: October 02, 2013
  • Public hearing Sept. 9 on proposed amendments to 7020 feedlot rule
  • Re-registration under way for state's 22,000 feedlots
  • Red and White dairy cattle showcased at State Fair
  • Feedlot program news briefs
  • Emphasis on efforts to expedite environmental review
  • Livestock and Poultry Environmental Learning Center
Published: September 04, 2013
  • MSCA, MPCA schedule permit information meetings
  • Feedlot rule update open for comment through Aug. 26
  • Feedlot Program newsbriefs
  • Farm tour Aug. 8 features grazing, cover crops
  • DNR opens emergency haying on 43 WMAs
  • Milk producers report survey on regulation experiences
  • MDA announces $1 million for Livestock Investment Grants
  • Green Star Farms offers environmental assessment tool
Published: August 06, 2013

Proposed amendments to feedlot rules open for public comment

Published: July 22, 2013
  • Large crowd at East Dublin Dairy open house
  • Special edition of Feedlot Update newsletter planned to announce comment period for feedlot rule amendments
  • MPCA, cattle association plan meetings on permitting
  • Feedlot program news briefs
  • MDA announces pilot watersheds for Ag Water Quality Certification Program
  • Livestock and Poultry Learning Center News
  • Twohey named communications director at MPB-MPPA
  • NRCS posts updated online photo gallery
  • MDA announces recipients of $1.1 million in livestock investment grants
Published: June 28, 2013
  • Survey: Number of open lots needing fixes declines 50 percent
  • U of M awards Siehl prize to Huisinga, Norling
  • 7020 rule draft amendments advance to governor's office
  • News briefs
  • U of M Extension launches forage website
  • Legislature enacts water quality certification program, CAWT license changes
  • Livestock and Poultry Environmental Learning Center News
  • Conservation Stewardship Program applications due June 14
Published: May 31, 2013
  • Training focuses on feedlots in karst regions
  • Public notice expected in June for 7020 rule amendments
  • Feedlot staff review progress, work plan priorities
  • Animal traceability addressed in new BAH rules
  • Expo outreach shows that horses are livestock, too
  • Using grid soil sampling to guide manure application
Published: May 03, 2013
  • MPCA staff tend booths at New Ulm farm show, Horse Expo
  • Take action to prevent manure runoff in snowmelt
  • Feedlot program newsbriefs
  • Annual reports received from 91 percent of NPDES sites
  • 7020 feedlot rule update being prepared for public comment
  • LPE Learning Center news
  • Agencies working on statewide nutrient reduction strategy for water quality
Published: March 28, 2013
  • Feedlot registrations must be updated by end of this year
  • Delegated county news
  • Manure management plan spreadsheet updates posted
  • Annual reports due March 1 for farms with NPDES permits
  • Extension workshops on grid soil sampling for manure application
  • Commercial Animal Waste Technician training workshops
  • Ag funding bill proposes changes for CAWT licensing
  • Last 'listening session' Feb. 28 on ag water quality certification
Published: February 28, 2013
  • Trade show, seminars, awards among Pork Congress highlights
  • Delegated county program news
  • MPCA commissioner visits with Minnesota Milk Board
  • Annual reports due March 1 for farms with NPDES permits
  • Commercial Animal Waste Technician training dates set
  • Extension slates workshops on grid soil sampling for manure application
  • Ag water quality certification program sets 'listening sessions'
Published: January 30, 2013
  • MPCA participates at livestock trade shows
  • 7020 feedlot rule update proceeding through review process
  • CAFO inspections exceed target
  • Restrictions on liquid manure application in winter
  • Ag water quality certification recommendations in review
  • New web address for Board of Animal Health
  • SWCD state office has new address
  • Livestock and Poultry Environmental Learning Center news
Published: December 20, 2012

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