(A)   The production of farm animals and other agricultural products is an important part of the history, environment and economy of the county. Livestock, poultry, dairy products and other agricultural commodities are produced within the county for consumption in the state, the United States and foreign countries. The continued health of the agricultural community and the production of these products is essential to the economic well being of the county and its residents.
   (B)   The county also contains a wealth of natural resources including an abundance of surface and ground water. These resources must be protected from pollution to ensure the health of the public and to maintain safe, high quality water for recreational, residential, agricultural and commercial use. The following regulations have been established to protect natural resources and the quality of life in the county while recognizing the importance of animal agriculture and the beneficial uses of animal manure in the production of agricultural crops.
   (C)   It is the intent and purpose of this chapter to allow for the continued production of agricultural commodities and to maintain a healthy agricultural community within the county while ensuring that animal feedlots and animal wastes are properly managed to protect the health of the public and the county’s natural resources.
   (D)   Therefore, this chapter is adopted for the purpose of:
      (1)   Being a delegated county pursuant to M.S. § 116.07, subd. 7, as it may be amended from time to time, and Minn. Rules Ch. 7020;
      (2)   Establishing a procedure for the permitting of feedlots;
      (3)   Regulating the location, development, operation and expansion of feedlots;
      (4)   Promoting best farm management practices;
      (5)   Protecting ground and surface water resources; and
      (6)   Minimizing environmental problems.
(Ord. 06-02, passed 4-4-2006)