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Livestock master matrix adopted in 89 counties in Iowa

This news story was published on February 9, 2018.
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DES MOINES – In January, 89 of 99 Iowa counties notified DNR that they plan to evaluate construction permit applications and proposed locations for animal confinements by using the master matrix.

With 10 exceptions, all counties will use the matrix during the next 12 months. The following counties will not use the matrix in 2018: Davis, Des Moines, Keokuk, Lee, Mahaska, Osceola, Plymouth, Wapello, Warren and Washington.

Animal producers in these counties must meet more requirements than other confinement producers who need a construction permit. Producers qualify by choosing a site and using practices that reduce impacts on air, water and the community.

Iowa hogs in trailer

Counties that adopt the master matrix can provide more input to producers on site selection, and proposed structures and facility management. Participating counties score each master matrix submitted in their county and can recommend to approve or deny the construction permit. They can also join in DNR visits to a proposed confinement site.

While all counties may submit comments to DNR during the permitting process, counties that adopt the master matrix can also appeal a preliminary permit to the state Environmental Protection Commission.

The deadline for enrolling in the program is Jan. 31 of each year.

Find more information, including a map of participating counties by searching for Master Matrix at or directly on the master matrix web page.

The master matrix applies to producers who must get a construction permit to build, expand or modify a totally roofed facility. Generally, these are confinement feeding operations with at least 2,500 finishing hogs, 1,000 beef cattle or 715 mature dairy cows.

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5 Responses to Livestock master matrix adopted in 89 counties in Iowa

  1. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    February 11, 2018 at 6:22 am

    Rockefeller and crew. aka the dozen corps that own Iowa that’s who!

  2. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    February 10, 2018 at 4:20 pm

    Who makes the decision?

  3. mint Reply Report comment

    February 10, 2018 at 9:53 am

    Bankers make the decisions for Iowa “the people” do not, why they are the mangers for the wealthy one who actually own Iowa, and own all of the banks, they’re agenda was and is to destroy the environment, peoples health and abuse animals, where has that been foretold oh yes in the bible. They own people they trade people on the stock market daily they look at people as “cattle” don’t believe it research you will find it is 100% true.

  4. mint Reply Report comment

    February 10, 2018 at 9:47 am

    Iowan’s choice = 1.) Disease spreading CAFOS, 2.) Destroyed environment, 3.) Animal abuse, 4.) Producing unclean pigs for consumption, instead of choosing 1.) Raising animals in a humane environment and treating the animals humanely, 2.) Keeping water, air, soil “clean”, 3.) Education of the adverse health effects eating animals causes.

  5. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    February 9, 2018 at 12:41 pm

    Iowa = China’s hog lot.