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Minnesota Statutes, Special Session 2005, Chapter 1, Article 1, Sec. 90 and 91 requires counties, cities and townships that adopt new or amended animal-related ordinances to submit a copy to the Commissioner of Agriculture. The law went into effect August 1, 2005. The reporting requirement also includes interim ordinances and moratoria.
This web map provides information on local ordinances regulating animal agriculture in Minnesota's counties. The information includes the most common areas of regulation such as setbacks and separation distances, conditional use permits, feedlot size limitations, and minimum acreage requirements. It also provides local contact information and links to local ordinances when available. The map provides a representation of regulations that MDA is aware of. It does not summarize the regulations or provide an assessment as to the effectiveness or appropriateness of the provisions within ordinances nor does it assert that the most commonly occurring provisions are better than others. As of 2010, township ordinances are no longer available for viewing.
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Every effort has been made to obtain the most accurate and up to date information on local ordinances from local governments. The information contained in the maps was reviewed for accuracy by each unit of government listed. If any inconsistencies arise between the interactive map and local regulations, the local regulations prevail. It is also important to note that other state and federal regulations apply to livestock operations that may not be depicted on the maps. These maps are intended for general use only. Please check with county offices for current and specific feedlot regulations.
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