Check permits, records before livestock inspections

As the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) continues its inspections of livestock farms as part of the work plan agreement signed with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 7, farmers should remain prepared for a potential site visit, a leading Iowa livestock attorney said.

Eldon McAfee, attorney at Bevin, Swanson and Forrest, urged farmers at the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association’s feedlot forum in Carroll last week to double-check their permits and their information on DNR databases.

"Make sure they have the right information before the inspection," McAfee said.

McAfee said the DNR must conduct desktop assessments and on-site National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) inspections at all large concentrated...

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