Mower County is a "delegated county" of the MPCA's Feedlot Program which aims to improve Minnesota's Water Quality. The MPCA's Feedlot Program rules govern the collection, transportation, storage, processing, and land application of animal manure and other livestock operation wastes. The rules apply to most aspects of livestock management including the location, design, construction, operation, and management of feedlots and manure handling facilities.  

To update your Feedlot Records*, you may download/ complete the Registration Sheet below and email it to the Feedlot Officer, or use MPCA's Online Registration System directly.

*Note: sites that are covered under NPDES Permit should not use this service; please visit MPCA's NPDES and STS Permit page for more information. 

Facilities still operating under the 2016-2021 (previous) general NPDES permit

Feedlot owners that had coverage under the previous general NPDES permit were asked to wait to apply for new permit coverage until the MPCA completed development of the online feedlot permit application service. Now that the service is available, owners need to apply for new coverage by September 1, 2022.

Use the link below to access the online feedlot permit application service.

Feedlot Forms and Permits

You may use GeoPermits to pay the annual Mower County Feedlot Fees here:

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  1. Valerie Sheedy

    Assistant Environmental Services Supervisor
    Phone: 507-434-2639, ext. 639

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Feedlot Fees:
Yearly Fee (299 or fewer animal units)$42.00
Yearly Fee (300 or more animal units)$130.00
Permit Fees for New Construction, Expansion, or Modification:
          10-99 animal units $26.00
          100-299 animal units  $105.00
          300-499 animal units  $210.00
          500-699 animal units  $525.00
          700-999 animal units  $735.00
          1000-3000 animal units  $1,050.00

Announcements from Agriculture Stewardship - Land, Water, Livestock - February 2022 Edition

Online NPDES permit application service coming in March

Updates on service availability will be posted on our web site on several pages: 

Annual reports due March 1

Reminder – All NPDES and SDS permits require submittal of an annual report by March 1. You can find the annual report form at: https://www.pca.state.mn.us/sites/default/files/wq-f3-22b.docx.

Applying solid manure in March

Q: I have a NPDES permit, can I apply solid manure this March?

A: The prohibition on March application is a part of the recently revised general NPDES permit. This requirement is not applicable until you obtain coverage under the revised permit. To date, only a few feedlots in Minnesota have obtained coverage under the revised permit, so most feedlots will be able to apply solid manure this March. Manure that is applied this March must follow the previous permit restrictions including; no active snowmelt, low field slope, low potential for rainfall, and a setback of at least 300 ft. from water features.

New feedlot forms and resources available

Feedlot Inspection Records Calendar (updated January 2022) https://www.pca.state.mn.us/sites/default/files/wq-f5-21.pdf

Manure Management Plan spreadsheet (updated December 2021) https://www.pca.state.mn.us/sites/default/files/wq-f6-12.xlsm

Transferred ownership Manure Management Plan form (updated September 2021) https://www.pca.state.mn.us/sites/default/files/wq-f8-12.docx

MAWQCP-Certified farm featured in international story on hypoxia


The Economist magazine recently released a short film about hypoxia in the Gulf of Mexico. Ben Dwire, who is certified in the Minnesota Agricultural Water Quality Certification Program (MAWQCP), is featured discussing solutions and ag conservation work in Minnesota.

Dwire is a fourth generation farmer in southwest Minnesota, raising no-till soybeans, oats, wheat, corn, and various annual forage crops. He cover crops the majority of his acres and practices intensive grazing with his pasture-raised beef, pork and chicken. Water Quality Certified since 2016, Dwire strives to do his part to ensure public waters are clean and safe for everyone to enjoy. To date, over 1,150 producers managing more than 800,000 acres have been Water Quality Certified in Minnesota.