Rules & Regulations

Rules and regulations are part of the everyday life on larger livestock farms. In Illinois, smaller livestock farms also must comply to certain rules the Illinois Department of Agriculture oversees. Farms of all size should all adhere to regulations, including set-back distances and water-protection rules.

Existing and New Livestock Facility Resources


is the University of Illinois Extension website dedicated to helping you identify environmental regulations that pertain to your specific operation.

Illinois Department of Agriculture oversees the Livestock Management Facilities Program. If you are planning on building any size livestock barn, be sure to talk with the DOA.

Manure Management Resources

Manure Central

provides resources regarding manure management, plus links to many other helpful sites.

Online Illinois Manure Management Plans gives you step-by-step instructions needed to comply with the manure management plans from the Illinois Department of Agriculture, the Illinois National Resources Conservation Service and the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency.

Odor Management Resources


Odor impacts are difficult to predict. Downwind odors are a function of the amount and type of emissions source, weather conditions and topography. The impact these odors have is also a function of the distance to the neighbors. Livestock farmers are becoming familiar with newer technologies to reduce odor emissions and are actively working with their producer groups and often partner with research institutions to conduct odor mitigation research.

Environmental Protection Agency Resources

Animal feeding operations

provides additional information and facts on Animal Feeding Operations, Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs), and the NPDES permitting program for CAFOs

Regulatory information for the agricultural sector

contains laws and regulations regarding air, general info, pesticides and water; also contains compliance information, enforcement initiatives, and additional policies and guidance.

Agricultural laws

lists major statutes containing the most important environmental requirements that affect the agricultural community. Contains summaries, full text, links to related regulations, and other resource material relating to each statute.

EPA Animals Agriculture

provides information about environmental requirements specifically relating to the production of agricultural animals.

Region 5 Agriculture

includes statistics on how agriculture drives economics in the Region 5 states as well as other important infomration.