Environmental regulations can be confusing and challenging for pork producers. 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.
“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 livestock producer from Ethan, S.D. “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 obtain a copy of the environmental audit book, contact your Qualified State Soybean Board or click here. email@example.com
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“Soybean farmers and poultry and livestock producers need to continue to work together,” says Bainbridge. “U.S. poultry and livestock consume a huge amount of soybean meal and represent the original value-added market for U.S. soybeans.”