Feedlots are the focus of the Generic Environmental Impact Statement on Animal Agriculture, along with the broader environmental, social and economic factors surrounding animal agriculture. Funded by the 1998 Minnesota Legislature, the study is being conducted because of the recent debate over the livestock-raising industry and will be used to shape future policy options.

Principal documents:

Technical Work Papers:

The Environmental Quality Board contracted with various experts through a
competitive bidding and interview process to produce 10 technical work papers
exploring major topics raised in the generic environmental impact statement on
animal agriculture.
This information was intended to explore the complex topic areas of Animal
Agriculture in Minnesota in greater depth than the Summary of Literature
document released by EQB in 1999. These individual subject area experts were
hired through a competitive bidding process and after interviews with EQB staff
and members of the Citizen`s Advisory committee (CAC), each of the TWP
consultant`s presented their preliminary and draft findings to the assembled CAC
and responded to questions and comments from the group during document
preparation. The final TWP documents are posted exactly as they were received
from the contractors. The documents are intended to be a factual inferences and
recommendations contained in the reports are those of the authors and do not
necessarily reflect the positions of EQB or the CAC.

Literature Review:

Press releases:

GEIS update newsletter

This newsletter was distributed by the Environmental Quality Board to
communicate recent developments and other news about the Generic Environmental
Impact Statement on animal agriculture and feedlots to people interested in this
important state effort.

Citizen`s Advisory Committee meetings

The purpose of the Citizen Advisory Committee for the Generic Environmental
Impact Statement on Animal Agriculture is to advise the Environmental Quality
Board on the scope and content of the statewide study on animal agriculture.
Minutes are listed below; agendas are also available.

  • May 8-9, 2001
  • April 10-11, 2001: Discussion on Policy
  • March 13-14, 2001: Technical Working
    Papers Discussion
  • February 13-14, 2001: Technical Working
    Papers Discussion
  • January 9-10, 2001: Technical Working
    Papers Discussion
  • December 12-13, 2000: Technical Working
    Papers Discussion
  • November 15, 2000: Technical Working Paper
  • October 10, 2000: Geographic Information
    System (GIS) Feedlot Inventory
  • September 12-13, 2000: Policy and
    recommendations of development
  • August 8-9, 2000: Contractor Selection
  • July, 2000: No meeting
  • June 27, 2000: Contractor Selection
  • June 13-14, 2000: Reviewed contractor
    bids received
  • May 9-10, 2000: Toured Perham, Minnesota
  • April 11-12, 2000: Finalized RFP for 10
    technical work papers
  • March 14-15, 2000: Approved Study
  • February 8-9, 2000: Discussed Study
  • January 12, 2000: Discussed Study
  • December 14-15,1999: Discussed Study
  • November 9-10,1999: Discussed Study
  • October 12-13, 1999: Prioritizing needs
    for further analysis and research on various topics; discussed extent to which
    study questions were answered by literature review.
  • September 14, 1999: Updates on literature
    summary, inventory plans and GEIS goal and vision; discussed plan for next
    phases of GEIS process and research needs for social, economics, air and odor
    topics. Committee toured two dairy farms in SE Minnesota.
  • August 10-11, 1999: Discussed draft
    literature summary reports on land use and role of government, goals and
    vision for the GEIS and pilot projects to test various approaches to feedlot
  • July 14, 1999: Highlights of nine
    finalized chapters of the literature summary; discussed next phases of GEIS
    work and additional research needs.
  • June 28, 1999: Special meeting for
    presentations on literature review topics.
  • June 8-9, 1999: Discussed literature
    review reports and committee review process.
  • May 11-12, 1999: Discussed draft
    literature reports on air, odor and soils; discussed inventory; committee
    agreed on top proposers for second RFP.
  • April 13-14, 1999: Reviewed ground rule
    on consensus; second RFP selection process finalized; reports on the
    regulatory program audit and feedlot rulemaking; inventory discussion.
  • March 9-10, 1999: Agreed on top proposers
    for first RFP and next steps for selection process.
  • February 9-10, 1999: First literature
    review RFP process finalized and committee ground rules evaluated.
  • January 6-7, 1999: Discussed process for
    conducting a literature review and feedlot inventory.
  • December 3-4, 1998: Agreement to forward
    recommendations on the final scoping document.
  • November 16-17, 1998: Reviewed public and
    agency comments on the draft scoping document in preparation for
    recommendations in December.
  • September 10, 1998: Completed
    recommendations to the Environmental Quality Board on the GEIS draft scoping
  • August 27-28, 1998: Continued to discuss
    main topics to include in the GEIS draft scoping document.
  • August 17-18, 1998: Established ground
    rules for their work and began to discuss the scope, or the main topics that
    the GEIS should cover.
  • June 25, 1998: Orientation to the process
    of developing a Generic Environmental Impact Statement and an overview of the
    committee`s role in the process.

Citizen`s Advisory Committee Members

Appointed in 1998, the citizen advisory committee guided tje statewide
study of the economic, environmental and social impacts of the changing
livestock industry in Minnesota. The citizen advisory group helped
identify issues examined by the study, the extent to which each issue was
addressed, and the accuracy and adequacy of each phase of the study.

  • Ken Albrecht, Nicollet County farmer, North Mankato
  • Gary Allen, Gar-Lin Dairy Farms, Inc., Eyota
  • Pat Bloomgren, Minnesota Department of Health, St. Paul
  • Myron Just, Minnesota Agri-Growth Council, St. Paul
  • Robert Ferguson, Jackson County commissioner, Heron Lake
  • John Fraser Hart, University of Minnesota, geography department,
  • Larry Schultz, Izaak Walton League, Osakis
  • Troy Gilchrist, Minnesota Association of Townships, St. Michael
  • Dennis Bottem, Cattleman`s Association, St. James
  • Ed Hegland, Minnesota Soybean Growers Association, Appleton
  • Patricia Henderson, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
  • Jim Sullivan, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, St. Paul
  • Galen Lisell, Roseau County farmer, Roseau
  • Helen Palmer, League of Women Voters, Rochester
  • Tom Dunnwald, Minnesota Lakes Association, Richville
  • Dave Preisler, Minnesota Pork Producers Association, North Mankato
  • George Raab, The Turkey Store Company, Faribault
  • Chris Radatz, Minnesota Farm Bureau, St. Paul
  • Tina Rosenstein, Environmental Services Department, St. Peter, Nicollet
  • Mark Schultz, Land Stewardship Project, Minneapolis
  • Kristin Sigford, Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy, St. Paul
  • Harold Stanislawski, Minnesota Department of Agriculture, Fergus Falls
  • Andy Steensma, Minnesota Farmers Union, St. Paul
  • Tim Tracy, Farm Credit Services of Southern Minnesota, Mankato
Study of effect of feedlots
Minnesota Environmental Quality Board. Environmental review program
Minnesota Environmental Quality Board
Publication Date: 
September 1, 2002
Document type(s): 
Title Date
December 3, 2003
PDF icon GEIS_StudyWorkplan.pdf December 2, 2003
PDF icon GEIS-AnimalAgFinal.pdf December 2, 2003
December 2, 2003
PDF icon GEIS-AnimalAgDraft2001-08-15.pdf December 2, 2003
September 29, 2003
September 29, 2003
September 29, 2003
September 29, 2003