The Feedlot and Agriculture division is responsible for the following areas:
County Feedlot Officer (CFO)
The duties of the CFO are to enforce and administer the Rice County Feedlot Ordinance and to assist the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) with the enforcement of State and Federal rules that relate to livestock.
The CFO processes feedlot permit requests, inspects feedlot sites and follows up on complaints.
County Agriculture Inspector (CAI)
The duties of the CAI are to inspect places that sell seed within Rice County, to assist local weed inspectors in enforcement of the State Noxious weed law and to assist the Minnesota Department of Agriculture as directed.
Yearly the CAI in Rice County inspects retail seed sale locations collecting seed samples, inspecting townships for noxious weed law compliance, and working to get biological control agents established in Rice County to control weeds.
The Minnesota State Legislature provides funds to counties to implement state feedlot regulations. Funding is primarily based on the number of registered feedlots in each county. Annual feedlot reports show the amount and kind of work that was completed, as well as the cost to perform that work. Please contact the County Feedlot Officer with any questions on these reports.