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Decision Making Flowchart


Feedlot Decision Making Tool flowchart. See text on web page.

Note: Text below describes flow chart above: START – First question - “Is new or expanding feedlot in shoreland?”, (answer) Yes (go to second question).

First question - “Is new or expanding feedlot in shoreland?”, (answer) No (go to fourth question).

Second question - “Is this a new feedlot? (no feedlot ever existed at this location).”, (answer) Yes “STOP! MN Statutes do not allow new feedlots in shoreland or expansion of an existing feedlot in shoreland over 999 AU!”.

Second question - “Is this a new feedlot? (no feedlot ever existed at this location)”, (answer) No (go to third question).

Third question - “Are you planning to expand past 999 AU?”, (answer) Yes “STOP! MN Statutes do not allow new feedlots in shoreland or expansion of an existing feedlot in shoreland over 999 AU!”.

Third question - “Are you planning to expand past 999 AU?”, (answer) No (go to fourth question).

Fourth question - “Will new or expanding feedlot be equal to or greater than 1,000 AU?”, (answer) No (go to eight question).

Fourth question - “Will new or expanding feedlot be equal to or greater than 1,000 AU?”, (answer) Yes (go to fifth question).

Fifth question - “Will new feedlot be equal to or greater than 1,000 AU or will expansion be greater than 1,000 AU?”, (answer) Yes “STOP! Environmental Review Required (permits may not be granted from any government entity until review complete)”.

Fifth question - “Will new feedlot be equal to or greater than 1,000 AU or will expansion be greater than 1,000 AU?”, (answer) No (go to sixth question).

Sixth question - “Will feedlot use more than 10,000 gallons of water a day or over 1 million gallons of water a year?”, Yes “Water Appropriations Permit (WAP) Required through MNDNR”, (go to seventh question).

Sixth question - “Will feedlot use more than 10,000 gallons of water a day or over 1 million gallons of water a year?”, No (go to seventh question).

Seventh question - “Will new or expanding feedlot use technologies not listed in Minn. Stat. 7020.2000-7020-2225?”, Yes “National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Permit Required through MPCA”, “State Disposal System (SDS) Permit Required through MPCA”, “Local Permits may be Required”, “All technical standards listed in Minn. Stat. 7020.2000 to 7020.2225 must be followed by all feedlots regardless of size. Local permits are defined as permits issued by local government entities beyond Minnesota statutory environmental requirements. These local governments could be in the form of counties, townships, cities, and/or local watersheds. Permit types may include conditional use permits, interim use permits, land use and building permits, or permits specific to that local government. Please contact the MDA’s Livestock Development Team at 651-201-6456 with questions specific to your situation.”

Seventh question - “Will new or expanding feedlot use technologies not listed in Minn. Stat. 7020.2000-7020-2225?”, No (go to tenth question).

Eight question - “Is new or expanding feedlot in a sensitive area?”, Yes (go to ninth question).

Eight question - “Is new or expanding feedlot in a sensitive area?”, No (go to eleventh question).

Ninth question - “Will new feedlot be equal to or greater than 500 AU or will expansion be by greater than 500 AU?”, (answer) Yes “STOP! Environmental Review Required (permits may not be granted from any government entity until review complete)”.

Ninth question - “Will new feedlot be equal to or greater than 500 AU or will expansion be by greater than 500 AU?”, (answer) No (go to sixth question).

Tenth question - “Will new or expanding feedlot be defined as a CAFO? (see definitions)” Yes “State Disposal System (SDS) Permit Required through MPCA”, “Until policy changes and an SDS permit are created any feedlot requiring an SDS will get an NPDES/SDS from MPCA (see definitions)”, “National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Permit Required through MPCA”, “Local permits may be Required”, All technical standards listed in Minn. Stat. 7020.2000 to 7020.2225 must be followed by all feedlots regardless of size; Local permits are defined as permits issued by local government entities beyond Minnesota statutory environmental requirements. These local governments could be in the form of counties, townships, cities, and/or local watersheds. Permit types may include conditional use permits, interim use permits, land use and building permits, or permits specific to that local government; Please contact the MDA’s Livestock Development Team at 651-201-6456 with questions specific to your situation.

Tenth question -“Will new or expanding feedlot be defined as a CAFO? (see definitions)” No (go to twelfth question).

Eleventh question - “Is there a citizen’s petition for environmental review?” Yes (go to thirteenth question).

Eleventh question - “Is there a citizen’s petition for environmental review?” No (go to sixth question).

Twelfth question - “Will new or expanding feedlot be less than 1,000 AU and under the large CAFO definition?” Yes (go to fourteenth question).

Twelfth question - “Will new or expanding feedlot be less than 1,000 AU and under the large CAFO definition?” No (go to fifteenth question).

Thirteenth question - “Is the feedlot less than 1,000AU’s after construction or expansion, have a written commitment by proposer to be in full compliance with feedlot rules, and will have a public meeting for citizen input at least 10 days prior to permit approval? (See EAW note)” Yes (go to sixth question).

Thirteenth question - “Is the feedlot less than 1,000AU’s after construction or expansion, have a written commitment by proposer to be in full compliance with feedlot rules, and will have a public meeting for citizen input at least 10 days prior to permit approval? (See EAW note)” No “STOP! Environmental Review Required (permits may not be granted from any government entity until review complete)”, “Environmental Review Complete ” (go to sixth question).

Fourteenth question - “Will new or expanding feedlot need to make changes to come into compliance with state feedlot rules?” Yes “Interim Permit (IP) Required through delegated county office or MPCA in non-delegated counties”, “Local permits may be Required”, “All technical standards listed in Minn. Stat. 7020.2000 to 7020.2225 must be followed by all feedlots regardless of size; Local permits are defined as permits issued by local government entities beyond Minnesota statutory environmental requirements. These local governments could be in the form of counties, townships, cities, and/or local watersheds. Permit types may include conditional use permits, interim use permits, land use and building permits, or permits specific to that local government; Please contact the MDA’s Livestock Development Team at 651-201-6456 with questions specific to your situation”.

Fourteenth question - “Will new or expanding feedlot need to make changes to come into compliance with state feedlot rules?” No (go to sixteenth question).

Fifteenth question - “Will new or expanding feedlot need to make changes to come into compliance with state feedlot rules?” Yes “Interim Permit or NPDES Permit required through MPCA”, “Local permits may be Required”, “All technical standards listed in Minn. Stat. 7020.2000 to 7020.2225 must be followed by all feedlots regardless of size; Local permits are defined as permits issued by local government entities beyond Minnesota statutory environmental requirements. These local governments could be in the form of counties, townships, cities, and/or local watersheds. Permit types may include conditional use permits, interim use permits, land use and building permits, or permits specific to that local government; Please contact the MDA’s Livestock Development Team at 651-201-6456 with questions specific to your situation”.

Fifteenth question - “Will new or expanding feedlot need to make changes to come into compliance with state feedlot rules?” No “Construction Short Form Permit (CSF) required through MPCA”, “Local permits may be Required”, “All technical standards listed in Minn. Stat. 7020.2000 to 7020.2225 must be followed by all feedlots regardless of size; Local permits are defined as permits issued by local government entities beyond Minnesota statutory environmental requirements. These local governments could be in the form of counties, townships, cities, and/or local watersheds. Permit types may include conditional use permits, interim use permits, land use and building permits, or permits specific to that local government; Please contact the MDA’s Livestock Development Team at 651-201-6456 with questions specific to your situation”.

Sixteenth question - “Will expanding feedlot be located in shoreland where a feedlot has been vacated for over 5 years?” Yes “Interim Permit (IP) Required through delegated county office or MPCA in non-delegated counties”, “Local permits may be Required”, “All technical standards listed in Minn. Stat. 7020.2000 to 7020.2225 must be followed by all feedlots regardless of size; Local permits are defined as permits issued by local government entities beyond Minnesota statutory environmental requirements. These local governments could be in the form of counties, townships, cities, and/or local watersheds. Permit types may include conditional use permits, interim use permits, land use and building permits, or permits specific to that local government; Please contact the MDA’s Livestock Development Team at 651-201-6456 with questions specific to your situation”.

Sixteenth question - “Will expanding feedlot be located in shoreland where a feedlot has been vacated for over 5 years?” No “No Permit Required, Notice of Construction/expansion is required, Note: Any feedlot over 50 AU outside of shoreland and over 10 AU in shoreland must register with RGU! RGU is either the MPCA or your delegated county office.”, “Local permits may be Required”, “All technical standards listed in Minn. Stat. 7020.2000 to 7020.2225 must be followed by all feedlots regardless of size; Local permits are defined as permits issued by local government entities beyond Minnesota statutory environmental requirements. These local governments could be in the form of counties, townships, cities, and/or local watersheds. Permit types may include conditional use permits, interim use permits, land use and building permits, or permits specific to that local government; Please contact the MDA’s Livestock Development Team at 651-201-6456 with questions specific to your situation”.

Seventeenth question - “Will new or expanding feedlot be equal to or greater than 300 AU’s?” Yes “Construction Short Form Permit (CSF) required through delegated county office or MPCA in non-delegated counties”, “Local permits may be Required”, “All technical standards listed in Minn. Stat. 7020.2000 to 7020.2225 must be followed by all feedlots regardless of size; Local permits are defined as permits issued by local government entities beyond Minnesota statutory environmental requirements. These local governments could be in the form of counties, townships, cities, and/or local watersheds. Permit types may include conditional use permits, interim use permits, land use and building permits, or permits specific to that local government; Please contact the MDA’s Livestock Development Team at 651-201-6456 with questions specific to your situation”.”

Seventeenth question - “Will new or expanding feedlot be equal to or greater than 300 AU’s?” No “No Permit Required, Notice of Construction/expansion is required, Note: Any feedlot over 50 AU outside of shoreland and over 10 AU in shoreland must register with RGU! RGU is either the MPCA or your delegated county office.”, “Local permits may be Required”, “All technical standards listed in Minn. Stat. 7020.2000 to 7020.2225 must be followed by all feedlots regardless of size; Local permits are defined as permits issued by local government entities beyond Minnesota statutory environmental requirements. These local governments could be in the form of counties, townships, cities, and/or local watersheds. Permit types may include conditional use permits, interim use permits, land use and building permits, or permits specific to that local government; Please contact the MDA’s Livestock Development Team at 651-201-6456 with questions specific to your situation”.

MDA Contact

Livestock Development Team

Jim Ostlie, Livestock Specialist
jim.ostlie@state.mn.us, 320-842-6910

Kelly Anderson, Livestock Specialist
kelly.anderson@state.mn.us, 320-808-4424

Ag Marketing & Development Division