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Livestock operations across the United States are universally experiencing regulatory change. The scope and focus of those changes vary, however. In some locales, the 2003 federal Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation (CAFO) regulation, with its focus on water quality, is a driving force. Some states adopted the federal CAFO rule with little change, while other states developed more stringent regulations (reflecting specific local concerns). A few states have yet to adopt the rule. Other states see an additional regulatory focus on odors and air quality. Because of the different driving forces in each state, environmental regulations governing livestock operations can vary considerably.

Livestock operations are a key market for soybeans and, to better understand the potential impacts of environmental regulations on livestock operations, the United Soybean Board (USB) commissioned an audit of these requirements. The audit explored both existing and proposed regulations on a federal level and on a state-by-state basis, with a special emphasis on 23 states characterized by strong soybean and/or livestock production.

This document highlights the results of that audit.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2007-01-01

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