Permitted animal feeding operations in Missouri will soon face a choice as they look to renew their licensing this year.

New rules will require producers to decide between a new state general permit and a more costly federal permit.

“Farmers are just now registering that this is something they will face in the next year,” says John Lory, University of Missouri Extension environmental nutrient management specialist. “We understand it’s going to be confusing and farmers need help to be prepared for the deadlines later this year.”

More than 550 animal feeding operations in Missouri now hold permits. Most have held a federal general permit previously. Many of those permits will expire Feb. 23, 2011, so producers will have to choose between the new Missouri general permit and a federal permit in time for the application renewal deadline in late July.

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Source: University of Missouri