The United Soybean Board has funded a state-by-state audit that aims to support poultry and livestock farmers by helping them keep track of environmental rules and regulations. The 2012 Environmental Regulatory Audit of Animal Agriculture provides information about water quality regulations, air quality regulations, discharge restrictions and general permitting information – plus facts about state and federal environmental assistance programs. USB believes the information will help farmers wade through what can be a complicated web of regulatory language and restrictions – but also could help them improve relations with their communities and neighbors. The audit features quick reference tables that summarize regulations and assistance programs at the end of each state report.
Iowa soybean farmer and USB Director Laura Foell says soybean farmers should also read the report to understand the impacts of these environmental regulations on the number one customers of soy meal. U.S. poultry and livestock represent the number one customer for U.S. soybean farmers – consuming nearly all the soybean meal used domestically. Supporting the U.S. poultry and livestock farmers is a top priority for the soy checkoff.
The full report is available at https://tool.animalag.org/stateDocuments/2012/environmental/National_Environmental_Impact_of_Animal_Ag.pdf