The United Soybean Board Thursday released results of the 2012 Environmental Regulatory Audit of Animal Agriculture, a project aimed at helping poultry and livestock farmers understand water quality, air quality and discharge restrictions as well as general permitting information.
The audit also includes facts about state and federal environmental assistance programs.
USB says providing producers with this information will not only assist these farmers with their own operations, but could help them improve relations with their communities and neighbors.
"This report needs to be read by soybean farmers and poultry and livestock farmers," says Laura Foell, soybean farmer and USB director from Schaller, Iowa. "It's important for us as soybean farmers to understand what the impacts of these environmental regulations are for the U.S. poultry and livestock sectors, who are our No. 1 consumers of soy meal."
The report covers a number of topics, including federal regulations governing concentrated animal feeding operations. At the state level, it addresses water-quality regulations, air-quality requirements, discharge restrictions and general permitting information.
The report indicates that a few states have yet to adopt the 2012 federal CAFO rules. It also says that state-based water quality regulations generally mirror federal requirements, although state regulations can reflect local conditions and concerns.
The report also contains state-based references that highlight environmental regulations in each state and factors that could limit the development of poultry and livestock operations. There are also quick reference tables that summarize regulations and assistance programs at the end of each state report.
Click here to download the entire report.