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Truth About ILlinois Livestock



The Livestock Management Facilities Act


According to the Illinois Department of Agriculture, "The Livestock Management Facilities Act protects your right as a citizen to a safe, clean environment as well as the right of livestock farmers to earn a living. It concludes animal agriculture is important to Illinois' economy and should be maintained, but farmers have a responsibility to be good neighbors. 

The act, which was adopted in 1996 and amended in 1998, 1999 and 2007, also recognizes market forces are rapidly changing the livestock industry. Farmers increasingly are having to expand their operations to remain in business, and this trend toward expanded farms has created a need for safeguards to protect your interests and theirs.

The Act establishes requirements for the design, construction and operation of livestock management and livestock waste-handling facilities. It also establishes specific procedures and criteria for the siting of such facilities and outlines the public information meeting process."

Building New Livestock Facilities

Livestock Facilities must adhere to the IL Livestock Management Facilities Act (LMFA) (see below for more information on the IL LMFA).


8 Siting Criteria for Building New Livestock Facilities

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18 Steps for IDOA Approval of Location, Design, and Construction of Livestock Facility