Where do I start to obtain a water quality permit?
First, contact your county agent to discuss your plans to develop a swine operation. Your county agent will assist you in selecting the right system for your pork production goals.
To obtain a water quality permit, contact the county Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). They will assist you in the development of a waste management plan and the application for a water quality permit.
Information you should have before contacting NRCS includes:
- Type of operation. Example: Farrow to finish, feeder pig, etc.
- Size of operation
- Total land available for swine production and waste application
- Facility Designs
- Crops receiving Waste
Once the waste management system and a waste management plan have been developed, the application is sent to the Department of Environmental Quality for review. The application is presented to the Permit Board for approval. Once approved, a site inspection is made and approval granted for construction for the waste system. After construction is complete, another inspection will be made before animals are placed into the operation. If all requirements are satisfied, then the permit is issued and production can begin.
VERONA, Miss. -- Producers come across issues each season that need to be addressed, whether they require new research on a problem or a commodity specialist who can help identify timely solutions.
For those people, February is the month to speak up. Specialists and scientists with the Mississippi State University Extension Service and Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station are available specifically for them at three different MSU Research and Extension Center locations throughout the state during annual Producer Advisory Council meetings.
VERONA, Miss. -- Each February, agricultural producers in Mississippi speak, and personnel with the Mississippi State University Extension Service and Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station listen.
Producer Advisory Council meetings present opportunities for growers to meet with MSU commodity experts and share ideas for research and educational projects.
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.