Change is on the horizon in Iowa. The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is scheduled to hold public hearings to review recent proposed changes to animal feeding operations across the state.

Concentrated animal feeding operations or the better known CAFO’s are the topic of debate statewide. The state would like to bring their current regulations into compliance with federal regulations. This would require more stringent stipulations on pollutant discharge elimination (in compliance with the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System), requiring a permit that subsequently requires all operations to comply with federal setback requirements for land application of manure.

The rule changes would also implement federal regulations requiring totally roofed animal feeding operations.

The hearings start on May 6 in Mason City and wrap-up May 13 in Ainsworth.

The Iowa DNR is also accepting written comment via mail or fax. All comments must be received before May 13.

For more information visit the Iowa DNR website