Feedlot Update - February 2016

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Feedlot Update

February 2016

NPDES and SDS permit annual reports due March 1

The MPCA mailed postcards Feb. 12 reminding that annual reports are due March 1, 2016 for livestock farms with National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System or State Disposal System permits. Forms are available on the MPCA feedlot program website. Links to the form are located on the feedlot program permits and forms webpage. Paper copies of the form may be requested by contacting the MPCA regional offices. The office phone numbers are listed on page 5. All land application records for the 12-month period starting Sept. 1, 2014, through Aug. 31, 2015, must be submitted as part of the report and on the included forms. For farms that do not transfer manure, land application records can also be generated and submitted using the MPCA excel based Manure Management Planner under Create Crop Year Records. A link to the planner is located on the feedlot program Nutrient and Manure Management webpage. Annual reports provide valuable information for determining compliance with Minnesota’s feedlot rules. Failure to submit annual reports by the March 1 deadline may result in an enforcement action from the MPCA. 

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2016-21 NPDES general permit for feedlots now in effect

A letter has been sent to feedlot owners and operators with permit coverage under the 2011-2016 general National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES)/State Disposal System (SDS) permit (number MNG44000) reminding them that their current permit coverage expires on Jan. 31.

Feedlots with 1,000 animal units or more are required to have either the NPDES or the SDS permit. According to the law change in 2011, feedlots that are large CAFOs but below 1,000 animal units may choose to either apply for continued permit coverage, or, if they have no discharge, may decline the permit. If the latter, a notice of permit termination is requested. 

A single permit application has been developed for use when applying for either the NPDES or the SDS permit. The manure management plan, submitted as part of the permit application for either the SDS or NPDES permit, must be done on a form provided by the MPCA.

A fact sheet, titled “NPDES and SDS Permits for Feedlots,” is available to assist in determining the type of permit coverage preferred or required for a facility. Forms and factsheet can be found on MPCA feedlot website at: https://www.pca.state.mn.us/quick-links/feedlot-program

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MPCA feedlot staff attend Pork Congress

2016 pork congress

Some experts say that 60 to 90 percent of all communication is non-verbal. To take advantage of this wider spectrum of communication, for years the MPCA feedlot program has been a trade-show exhibitor at scores of livestock industry conventions. Over the years thousands of livestock producers have stopped at our booth, asking questions, taking factsheets and forms, lodging complaints, or just to visit. The most recent trade show occurred Jan. 19-20 at the Minnesota Pork Congress at the Minneapolis Convention Center. Livestock producers seem to appreciate the opportunity to meet feedlot program staff in person. They find it convenient to collect factsheets, guides, or even permit application forms.

This year in particular, there were forms for the new NPDES and SDS permits, and annual reports. Livestock convention break-out sessions often include feedlot program staff as presenters about feedlot rule provisions such as permitting and manure land application. This year at Pork Congress feedlot program engineer George Schwint gave a presentation for the manure applicator workshop, providing continuing education units for licensed Certified Animal Waste Technicians. Other MPCA staff at the Pork Congress booth included Steve Schmidt, Dana Leibfried, Desiree Hohenstein, and Forrest Peterson. Next up: Summer Beef Tour of the Minnesota State Cattlemen’s Association July 11-12 in Canby. Photo: Desiree Hohenstein of the Mankato office points out a delegated county to visitors at the MPCA’s Pork Congress trade show exhibit.

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Feb. 27 water summit offers waiting list, online survey

Govenor's water summit logo

A waiting list and online survey remain available for the state Water Summit Saturday, Feb. 27 in St. Paul. The summit will focus public attention on the serious challenges facing Minnesota’s water supplies – in both rural and urban areas of the state – and continue statewide dialogue around steps that must be taken to address those challenges. The summit will bring together water quality experts, farmers, legislators, regulators, the business community, members of the public, local leaders, and a wide variety of other stakeholders. The summit will begin at 8:30 a.m. Feb. 27 at InterContinental Saint Paul Riverfront.

To ensure that all Minnesotans’ voices are heard on this important, statewide issue, stakeholders and other interested members of the public are encouraged to complete an online survey, launched in conjunction with the Governor’s Water Summit, regardless of whether they plan to attend the summit in February. The information and input gathered from this survey will help inform the administration and Legislature on Minnesota’s water quality challenges and possible solutions.

Learn more

Registration page for the water summit

Online survey

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News briefs

County feedlot staff news

Training for new county feedlot program staff has been scheduled for April 26-28 at the Days Inn in Hutchinson.

In Carver County, feedlot officer Lori Brinkman has moved to the county's SSTS inspector post, leaving a vacancy until the position is filled.

Request for research proposals on BMPs to protect and restore water resources

The Dept. of Agriculture is requesting proposals for research to quantify agricultural conservation practice effectiveness related to nutrient source reduction, off-movement, and treatment. Applications must be submitted using the format prescribed in the proposal instructions. To request proposal instructions and to receive application materials, please e-mail for the full RFP, which will be sent free of charge to interested parties. Additional information, including research priorities, is available in the February 1, 2016 State Register (see page 38).  

Heidi Peterson, Impaired Waters Technical Coordinator
625 Robert St. N. 
St. Paul, MN 55155-2538
Phone: 651-201-6014
Email: Heidi.Peterson@state.mn.us

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In the news

Southwest Minnesota counties see continued expansion in cattle, hog facilities
Worthington Daily Globe, 1/28/16
Ag plastics becoming a growing ‘tumbleweed’
McLeod County Chronicle, 2/3/16

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March 16-17, 2016: Midwest Poultry Federation convention, St. Paul RiverCentre.
March 16: Dairy Day at the Capitol. Minnesota Milk Producers Association

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The MPCA Feedlot Update welcomes news from partners about, projects, people, and upcoming events. Email submissions to forrest.peterson@state.mn.us. Past issues of Feedlot Update are available on the feedlot program publications webpage.