Are swine operations required to obtain a permit?
Yes, swine operations that exceed 10 sows or 50 pigs are required to obtain a water quality permit to operate.
There are two types of water quality permits issued in Mississippi: State Operating Permit and Non-Point Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Permit.
The State Operating Permit is issued for swine operations that have less than 1000 animal units at any one time. An example of this would include operations less than approximately 300 sow farrow to finish operation. Animal units are based upon a formula which considers the size and numbers of the pigs produced (Multiply .4 times the number of animals 55 pounds in weight or over).
NPDES Permits are required for larger operations (exceeding 1000 animal units) per site. Contract Swine operations and farrow to finish operations larger than approximately 300 sows will fit into this type of permit requirement. Regulations for these permits require additional restrictions than the State Operating Permits.
STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Each February marks the occasion for producers to share their research and programming needs with Mississippi State University agricultural specialists in person.
To comply with COVID-19 social distancing guidelines, the opportunity will be extended virtually this year.
Agricultural clients met with Mississippi State University personnel to discuss research and education needs during the annual Producer Advisory Council Meeting for the southwest region February 20.
STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Low feed costs and steady demand are keeping the playing field level for Mississippi swine producers, but the bottom line at year’s end will be down from 2014 totals.
Mississippi’s value of production for hogs was $153 million last year. No estimates are available for 2015, but hog prices have been much lower than they were in 2014, while hog numbers were higher at the first of the year.
STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Specialty markets in pork production are cropping up across the U.S. in response to a growing interest in pasture-raised pigs.
Before the 1960s, most U.S. pork was raised in outside lots or on pasture systems. Commercial pork production today generally relies on large warehouse-like buildings or barns that house sows and pigs in stalls or pens.
MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Despite low prices for many commodities, the overall projected totals for Mississippi’s crop values should top $7 billion for the third straight year and essentially match the record set in 2013.
John Michael Riley, agricultural economist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said his preliminary estimate of 2014’s agricultural production values, excluding government payments, is over $7.7 billion.