Iowa plan for open feedlots beef producers should prepare for compliance
by Rachel E. Martin, Iowa Beef Center
Three years ago, the Iowa Department of Cattlemen’s Association, National Resource Conservation Service, and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) created the Iowa Plan for Open Feedlots, which intends to bring Iowa cattle producers into compliance with the Clean Water Act by 2006.
Components of the
Iowa Plan for Open Feedlots are:
According to a recent assessment by the EPA, much work remains to be done in order to get all registered facilities into compliance. As a result, the Iowa DNR is stepping up efforts to assist producers in becoming compliant. All feedlots of 1000-head capacity and greater have been, or will be, visited for their on-site assessment by the end of this summer.
Following the on-site visit, the following timeline for submittal of information is applied to the large-capacity feedlots:
What’s on the horizon for smaller feedlots?
A plan for settling solids will need to involve a good plan for removing effluent off the solid-settling system. Tinker cautions producers to be aware that if their plan involves draining effluent directly into a water of the state, that automatically designates the feedlot operation as a CAFO, and therefore concrete basins will be necessary.
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