Environmental regulations can be confusing and challenging. To help make the task easier for pork producers, the United Soybean Board has compiled environmental regulations in all 50 states into a single resource.
This resource outlines variations on local and state environmental regulations, says Lewis Bainbridge, USB domestic marketing program chair, and soybean and livestock producer from Ethan, S.D. “This should be helpful for poultry and livestock producers looking for a comprehensive resource.”
The report, constructed 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 them 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 producer assistance programs.
The full report was condensed to a 220-page book featuring a four-page analysis for each state, an introduction about information collection and a glossary of common terms. The book also contains a CD with the full 750-page report. It has more extensive regulation reviews and presentation slides for each state.
For a copy of the environmental audit book, contact your Qualified State Soybean Board; for a list, go to porkmag.com/news.
“Soybean farmers and poultry and livestock producers need to continue to work together,” Bainbridge says. “U.S. poultry and livestock consume a huge amount of soybean meal and represent the original value-added market for U.S. soybeans.”