Mower County is a "delegated county" of the MPCA's Feedlot Program which aims to improve Minnesota's Water Quality. The MPCA's Feedlot Program rules govern the collection, transportation, storage, processing, and land application of animal manure and other livestock operation wastes. The rules apply to most aspects of livestock management including the location, design, construction, operation, and management of feedlots and manure handling facilities.  

County Feedlot Program                             MPCA Feedlot Resources

NOW AVAILABLE! you may pay your Mower County Annual Feedlot Fee Online at

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Please note: an email address is required; there is a 2.5% service fee for the online transaction.

NEW: to update your Feedlot Records*, you may contact our office or use MPCA's Online Registration System .

*Note: sites that are covered under NPDES Permit should not use this service; please visit MPCA's 2021 General Permit page for more information. 

Manure Demo Day & Commercial Animal Waste Technician (CAWT) Recertification Course

 Please join us Tuesday, August 10, 2021 for the first Manure Demo Day at the West Central Research and Outreach Center in Morris. The day will be broken into a morning and afternoon session. The morning session will consist of recertification training for commercial animal waste technicians (CAWTs) and includes lunch. In order to cover costs associated with the training, the fee for the morning session is $10. Space is limited to the first 100 people for the CAWT session, please pre-register by August 3, 2021 by visiting https://z.umn.edu/MDD2021

 This is the only in-person CAWT recertification workshop of 2021.The CAWT session will begin promptly at 8:30 A.M. and will include an MDA program update, MPCA CAFO permit update, information on manure application timing, calibrating manure spreading equipment, tips for minimizing soil compaction and a safety walk-through. Similar to past CAWT recertification training, attendance will be monitored by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, please bring your CAWT license with you. 

 The afternoon field session is free and open to the public, beginning at noon. Registration is not required for the afternoon session, but attendees must check-in upon arrival. In-field demonstrations will begin at 1:15 P.M. Exhibitors and vendors will be on site to answer questions and provide product information. Current exhibitors include Artex Manufacturing, Balzer Inc, Bazooka Farmstar and Soil Warrior. If you are interested in becoming a vendor or exhibitor please contact Brenda Postels, UMN Extension at 320-203-6063 or post0060@umn.edu

 The field day is organized by the University of Minnesota Extension, Minnesota Department of Agriculture, Minnesota Custom Applicators Association, Rock County SWCD, and Stearns County SWCD. 

Lunch for the CAWT's is sponsored by Minnesota Custom Applicators Association MNCAA.   (Pre-registration required by August 3rd)

Feedlot Forms and Permits

Announcements from Agriculture Stewardship - Land, Water, Livestock - July 2021 Edition:

Feedlot Update

feedlot update logoFeedlot program welcomes new staff

MPCA Marshall office
The MPCA Feedlot Program welcomes new staff in the Marshall office. Nick Timmerman started June 9, and Jason Kaare June 30. Nick is a graduate of South Dakota State University, Brookings, with a BS in both Animal Science and Agricultural Science. Jason is a graduate of South Dakota State University with a MS in Agricultural Education and a graduate of the U of M with a BS in Agricultural Education. Both bring years of animal agriculture experience to their new jobs. Welcome Nick and Jason!

Renville County
Grayson Maresh started July 6 as Renville County feedlot officer. He grew up in Glencoe and graduated from Glencoe-Silver Lake High School. In May he graduated from Bemidji State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Studies and  Geology.

Steele County
Dan Kuhn is leaving the Steele County CFO post; Dale Oolman is the contact until the position is filled.

Feedlot program training videos now available online

A comprehensive series of training videos for new feedlot program staff is now available online. The Minnesota Delegated County Feedlot Online Training offers six lessons covering the fundamentals of the MPCA feedlot program, from registration and inspections to emergency response and on-farm management. While created for a primary audience of county feedlot officers, it can be useful for anyone interested in livestock and environment management. It is a joint project of University of Minnesota-Extension, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, and Minnesota Association of County Feedlot Officers, and funded by a LCCMR grant.

Factsheet addresses FAQs on feedlots for lenders, real estate

The Feedlot Program has posted a new factsheet with information about feedlots for lenders and real estate agents. Main topics are registration, feedlot rule compliance, and zoning. MPCA and county feedlot staff collaborated on providing answers. Find it here: Registration, permits, and environmental review | Minnesota Pollution Control Agency

dairyEnvironmental review wraps up for 12,000-head dairy proposed in Traverse County

The public comment period ends July 8 for the environmental review of a 12,000-head dairy proposed by Riverview Farms in Traverse County. The environmental assessment worksheet and draft permit are available on the MPCA web site. News release

  • Environmental assessment worksheet — Jenna Ness (651-757-2276) MPCA, 520 Lafayette Road North, St. Paul, MN 55155-4194
  • Feedlot permit — Molly Costin (218-846-8114) MPCA, 714 Lake Ave., Ste. 220, Detroit Lakes, MN 56501


mawqcp and cowWater quality-certified livestock farms go to front of feedlot permit application line

Minnesota livestock farms applying for feedlot permits from the MPCA can jump to the head of the line if they become certified in the Minnesota Agricultural Water Quality Certification Program (MAWQCP). In 2016 the MPCA revised its feedlot permit application to recognize water quality-certified producers and move their permit application to the front of the line. The MAWQCP is a voluntary opportunity for farmers and agricultural landowners to take the lead in implementing conservation practices that protect our water. Those who implement and maintain approved farm management practices will be certified and receive numerous perks, including:

  • Regulatory certainty for 10 years
  • Technical and financial assistance
  • Recognition
  • Priority for feedlot permit applications

More than 775,000 acres and 1,080 producers are Water Quality Certified in Minnesota. To learn more visit MyLandMyLegacy.com or contact your local Soil and Water Conservation District office.

  1. Valerie Sheedy

    Assistant Environmental Services Supervisor
    Phone: 507-434-2639, ext. 639

Feedlot Fees:
Yearly Fee (299 or fewer animal units)$42.00
Yearly Fee (300 or more animal units)$130.00
Permit Fees for New Construction, Expansion, or Modification:
          10-99 animal units $26.00
          100-299 animal units  $105.00
          300-499 animal units  $210.00
          500-699 animal units  $525.00
          700-999 animal units  $735.00
          1000-3000 animal units  $1,050.00