Agricultural Economics Department


Date of this Version



Cornhusker Economics (December 5, 2012)


Published by University of Nebraska–Lincoln Extension, Institute of Agriculture & Natural Resources, Department of Agricultural Economics. Copyright © [2012] Board of Regents, University of Nebraska.


For over a decade, Nebraska has been engaged in a civil war between proponents of additional livestock production and opponents who see large livestock facilities as threats to smaller producers, communities and the environment. Major issues have included corporate farming requirements, county livestock zoning, municipal livestock regulation, water quality contamination and livestock odors. County livestock zoning regulations remain a significant battleground. Livestock proponents would like to implement a system like Iowa’s, where counties cannot zone livestock facilities and state environmental regulations establish only minimal animal feeding operation (AFO) setback requirements (3,000 foot maximum or 0.5682 mile).