Iowa CAFO meeting set for Aug. 30

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Representatives of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 7 will meet with livestock producers on Thursday, Aug. 30, at 6:30 pm at the American Legion Hall, 210 W. Head Street, Arcadia, Iowa.

Discussions will be held on EPA's inspection program for concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs), winter feeding areas, aerial overflights, medium-sized CAFOs, nutrient management plans and manure storage. EPA staff will also address the selection of CAFOs for inspection, flyover practices and details about CAFO on-the-ground inspections.

“It is important for our regional staff to be out in the countryside so we can talk with livestock producers about EPA’s role in protecting water quality," Karl Brooks, regional administrator said. “EPA works with farmers to protect Iowa’s streams and rivers and this meeting helps us meet our water quality goals.”

There will be an opportunity for attendees to interact with EPA officials during a question-and-answer session led by Shawn Shouse, of Iowa State University Extension.

EPA is working with the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association, Iowa State University Extension, and Iowa Department of Natural Resources to encourage livestock producers’ attendance.

For more information on EPA’ CAFO regulations click here.   

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