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Soybean Checkoff Compiles State Environmental Regs

by 5m Editor
9 February 2010, at 9:05am

US – Environmental regulations can be confusing and challenging for poultry and livestock producers. In some cases, merely keeping track of all the different regulations can be a daunting task.

To help make the task easier for animal ag producers, the United Soybean Board (USB) funded an audit that compiles environmental regulations in all 50 states into a single resource.

“USB wanted to provide a readily available resource that compiled all the variations on local and state environmental regulations,” says Lewis Bainbridge, USB Domestic Marketing program chair and a soybean farmer and cattle and hog producer from Ethan, South Dakota.

“This resource should be helpful for poultry and livestock producers looking to expand or just interested in using it as a resource.”

The report, conducted by CDM, a consulting, engineering, construction and operations firm, provided 750 pages of information that evaluated all of the regulations for animal agriculture in each state and compared the regulations to the existing federal regulations.

The report contains details on each state’s definition of a confined animal feeding operation, water-quality regulations, air-quality requirements, discharge and other requirements and permitting information as well as information about assistance programs available to producers.

The soybean checkoff condensed the full report down to a 220-page book that features a four-page analysis for each state, an introduction of the process to collect the information and a glossary of common terms used throughout the audit. The book also contains a CD with the full 750-page report with more extensive regulation reviews for each state and presentation slides for each state.

To learn more about getting a copy of the environmental audit book, contact your Qualified State Soybean Board (QSSB) or click here. For a list of QSSBs, visit www.unitedsoybean.org.