Feedlot Ordinance Update

Blue Earth County is in the process of updating and revising its Livestock Manure Management Ordinance. The current ordinance and rules have been in effect in Blue Earth County for 25 years.  

Draft Ordinance

The draft ordinance is available for review in this PDF link. The Blue Earth County Planning Commission will hold a Public Hearing on the ordinance on Wednesday, March 4, 2020 at 7:30 PM.  The public hearing will be held in the Commissioners Room of the Blue Earth County Courthouse, 204 South Fifth Street, Mankato, Minnesota.   

Survey

Blue Earth County conducted an online survey about the feedlot program and regulations.  The purpose of this survey was to obtain input and direction for potential revisions of the Livestock Manure Management Ordinance and Blue Earth County feedlot program.  The survey was open from November 22, 2019 until December 20, 2019.  A summary of the survey responses is available in this PDF document

Open House

Blue Earth County held an open house on Wednesday December 11, 2019 from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM.  A presentation was made at 4:30 PM and 5:30 PM.    

Topics of discussion included:

  • Reducing lot size requirements
  • Placement of animal mortality boxes
  • Manure application setbacks
  • Manure pit abandonment requirements
  • Change County animal units to match MPCA animal units
  • Review feedlot setbacks to parks, campgrounds, cemeteries, & churches