Development of a Livestock Siting Assessment Matrix

Growth in the livestock and poultry industries in Nebraska faces hurdles is greatly influenced by county zoning and local decision-making. Variation in policies from one county to the next and in decisions made by county boards creates significant challenges for agricultural operations and for local communities looking to remain vibrant and grow. …

Planning for Resilience: Using Scenarios to Address Potential Impacts of Climate Change for the Northern Plains Beef System

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Resiliency to weather extremes is a topic that Northern Plains farmers and ranchers are already familiar with, but now climate change is adding new uncertainties that make it difficult to know the best practices for the future. Scenario planning is a method of needs assessment that will allow Extension and beef system stakeholders to come together using the latest climate science to discover robust management options, highlight key uncertainties, prioritize Extension programming needs, and provide an open forum for discussion for this sometimes controversial topic.…

Air Regulations and How the Bedded Beef Barn Research Study Relates to Reporting

monoslope beef barnThis presentation from the Beef Facilities Conference focused on air quality regulations and what it might mean regarding the research project. You can find a paper in pages 10-17 of the written proceedings published by Iowa State University.

What Are the Relevant Air Regulations?

The federal air quality regulations that may apply to animal feeding operations include:

  • EPCRA – Environmental Planning and Community Right to Know Act
  • CERCLA – Comprehensive Environmental Response Compensation and Liability Act or “Superfund” (not discussed in detail because EPA has determined animal operations are exempt)
  • Mandatory Greenhouse Gas Reporting Rule More…
  • Clean Air Act More…
  • State and local regulations
  • Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA)

What Does the Research Project On Bedded Beef Barns Show?

Mandatory Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reporting for Animal Agriculture

logo for animal agriculture climate change which includes a weather vane with cow and topImportant note: Congress has prohibited EPA from expending any funds to implement subpart JJ (manure management) of the rule. Industry efforts to overturn subpart JJ are underway, but the outcome is unknown at this time. Though EPA cannot technically enforce the rule, livestock and poultry operations should remain aware of the requirements in the event the Congressional
prohibition is allowed to expire.