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Farmstead Minnesota

Farmstead - Minnesota

Farmstead is the land used for facilities and supporting infrastructure where farming, forestry, animal husbandry, and ranching activities are often initiated. It also includes land dedicated to the facilitation and production of high-intensity animal agriculture in a containment facility. NRCS can help landowners in a variety of ways on the farmstead:

  • Determine the amount of nutrients produced on the farmstead and how to budget them to crop fields
  • Determine the amount of energy used and possible options to reduce cost
  • Determine the size and site requirements for a manure storage facility
  • Install roofs to minimize livestock exposure to extreme cold and/or wet areas
  • Meet local or state regulations
  • Design a firm surface to store feed on

Animal feeding operations (AFOs) are agricultural operations where animals are kept and raised in confined situations. An AFO is a lot or facility where:

  1. Animals have been, are, or will be stabled or confined and fed or maintained for a total of 45 days or more in any 12-month period, and
  2. Crops, vegetation, forage growth, or post-harvest residues are not sustained in the normal growing season over any portion of the lot or facility.

Manure and wastewater from AFOs have the potential to contribute pollutants such as nitrogen and phosphorus, organic matter, sediments, pathogens, hormones, and antibiotics to the environment.

For detailed information on environmental considerations associated with animal agriculture published by the EPA, see:


Common Minnesota Farmstead Conservation Practices

Nutrient Management
Feed Management
Waste Storage Facility
Waste Transfer and Separation
Roofs and Covers
Agrichemical Storage Facility
Energy Efficient Agricultural Operation
On-Farm Secondary Containment Facility
Animal Mortality Facility
Heavy Use Area Protection

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