Agricultural Economics Department


Date of this Version



Cornhusker Economics, December 1, 1999,


Copyright 1999 University of Nebraska.


Nebraska livestock waste control facility statutes require all livestock operations with at least 300 animal units (AUs) to be inspected by the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) to determine whether livestock waste pollutes surface or groundwater. Livestock operations with less than 300 AUs are exempt from the feedlot permit and inspection requirements, unless those operations have had a confirmed discharge into waters of the state or a high potential for such a discharge. In such cases, DEQ must notify the livestock operation owner by certified mail. If an exempt producer has already requested a DEQ inspection, that request was automatically canceled in 1999 feedlot legislation.