The EZRegs website developed by University of Illinois Extension specialists has been updated to include new information on key agricultural environmental regulations. Located at, the website identifies environmental regulations that pertain to a variety of agricultural related areas, including livestock production, food crop production, ornamental horticulture production, landscape maintenance, and small-scale animal facilities.
Livestock operations across the United States are universally experiencing regulatory change. The scope and focus of those changes vary, however. In some locales, the revised federal Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation (CAFO) regulation, with its focus on water quality, is a driving force.
Illinois is characterized by a strong swine industry and NPDES permits are a keymechanism for the environmental regulation of swine and other medium and largeConcentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs) in the state.
A Review of Environmental Regulations for the Livestock Industry