Livestock Farm Inspection Information

On September 11, 2013, EPA Region 7 and the Iowa DNR signed a "work plan agreement" that established guidelines for evaluations of livestock and poultry farms. The work plan stems from a petition filed by environmental groups in 2007, claiming DNR does not comply with the Clean Water Act and that the EPA should take over the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) program. This agreement is designed to strengthen Iowa’s implementation of the federally authorized NPDES program and is an important step toward retaining authority to implement the federal program in Iowa.

The work plan obligates DNR to evaluate livestock farms larger than 300 animal units and document whether the farms are in compliance with the Clean Water Act. It is estimated that over 8,500 livestock farms will be evaluated in the next five years. 

“Livestock regulations are complex, sometimes ambiguous and are constantly changing,” says CSIF Executive Director Brian Waddingham. “For Iowa’s livestock and poultry farms to prosper, farmers must know and understand state and federal regulations and the resources available to help them remain viable on the land for generations to come.  The resources below will help livestock farmers better understand how the work plan agreement will affect them and their farm.” 

Webinar Recording: Click here to access the video recording

Welcome and Resources To Help Farmers Worried About An Inspection Brian Waddingham, CSIF Executive Director

Iowa DNR Explains the Workplan
Ken Hessenius, Iowa DNR supervisor from Field Office 3 in Spencer

How the Workplan Impacts Your Farm
Eldon McAfee, attorney for Beving, Swanson and Forrest
Chris Gruenhagen, government relations counsel for the Iowa Farm Bureau

Question and Answer

Additional Resources:
A Lender's Perspective (video)
Jim Knuth, Senior Vice President, Farm Credit Services of America

EQIP Funding Available to Help Farmers Make Changes (video)
Paul Goldsmith, EQIP Coordinator, Iowa NRCS

Low-Interest Financing Through State Revolving Loan Fund (video)
Tony Toigo, Loan Program Coordinator, IDALS

Checklist to Prepare Your Farm For a DNR or EPA Inspection (PDF)

For more information, or to set-up a no-cost, confidential farm consultation, contact the Coalition to Support Iowa's Farmers here or by calling 800-932-2436.