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Counties must sign up soon to evaluate animal confinement sites

This news story was published on December 26, 2016.
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Large hog confinement in Hamilton county, Iowa

DES MOINES – Counties interested in evaluating construction permits for proposed animal feeding facilities must adopt and submit a construction evaluation resolution to the DNR between Jan. 1 and 31.

About 87 counties pass a resolution each year, which allows them to review construction permit applications required for larger totally roofed animal feeding operations (confinements).

The Master Matrix development, submittal and approval process allows applicants and county supervisors to discuss options for site selection, facility type and management.

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“County supervisors review the master matrix items selected by the applicant and determine if a passing score for the matrix has been achieved. The county then submits a recommendation to the DNR on the permit application,” said Gene Tinker, the DNR’s animal feeding operations coordinator.

Producers in counties that file the resolutions must meet higher standards for a construction permit than sites in other counties. They must earn points on a master matrix by choosing a site and using practices that reduce effects on the environment and the community.

Counties that participate in the master matrix process may accompany the DNR on site visits to proposed locations. The county board of supervisors may also appeal the DNR’s preliminary approval of a permit to the Environmental Protection Commission.

County boards of supervisors may approve the resolutions at any time, but must submit resolutions between Jan. 1 and 31, 2017. Send resolutions to Gene Tinker at DNR, 502 E. Ninth St., Des Moines, IA 50319 or email to Sign-ups in January apply to permit applications received in the following February through January of 2018.

For historical information on counties that adopted resolutions, check the DNR website at and search for master matrix.

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3 Responses to Counties must sign up soon to evaluate animal confinement sites

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    December 27, 2016 at 8:12 am

    Government farmers don’t give a pigs poop for anyone but their clan.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    December 26, 2016 at 6:26 pm

    Its when they build on the family farm its ok. When they build 6 -7 miles away from THEIR home place management sucks. Be a good neighbor and take of the water and air quality.

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    mint Reply Report comment

    December 26, 2016 at 4:06 pm