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Meeting Monday in Willmar, Minn., to focus on permits for large feedlots

ST. PAUL — The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and the Minnesota State Cattlemen’s Association will host five informational meetings around the state for cattlemen and women looking to expand their livestock operations. The meetings will focus on how a producer can obtain a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System/State Disposal System (NPDES/SDS) permit for a feedlot with 1,000 or more animal units.

Meetings include one at 10 a.m. Monday at the Kandiyohi County Health and Human Services Building, 2200 23rd St. N.E. in Willmar.

The other meetings are 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Lyon County Courthouse in Marshall and 1 p.m. Thursday at the MPCA office in Detroit Lakes.

To register, visit the Cattlemen’s Association website at or call Joe Martin, Cattlemen’s Association executive director, at 612-208-6722.

The meetings will provide producers with the opportunity to meet the MPCA staff and feedlot program engineers working in their region as well as delegated county feedlot officers. They will also afford an opportunity for producers to get practical information on the NPDES/SDS permit process, including application requirements and tips for navigating the process smoothly. Additional topics may be discussed as time permits.

In Minnesota, approximately 1,300 large feedlots are covered by these permits. The MPCA issues federal permits jointly with a state permit. The combination is an NPDES/SDS permit, which includes both federal and state requirements. For information on feedlot permitting, visit the MPCA’s Feedlot Permit Information webpage (