The Minnesota Department of Agriculture's Local Land Use and Livestock Siting Program works with townships, counties, livestock producers and commodity organizations to bring information, research and technical expertise to the livestock siting process.
Being centrally located in North America, Minnesota is a prime location for siting livestock operations and provides certain advantages to livestock and crop producers.
The MDA works with producers when they are siting new livestock operations and expanding or modifying existing operations.
Livestock production is an important and large part of the economic engine of local economies. The MDA works with many counties that have opportunities for livestock producers to get involved with local government.
Dealing with odor is a complex issue and the MDA works with other agencies including the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA), Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), and research institutions such as the University of Minnesota to assess odor mitigation technologies and research management practices.
Livestock Development Team
Curt Zimmerman, Program Supervisor
Jim Ostlie, Livestock Specialist
Kelly Anderson, Livestock Specialist