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Regional Livestock Development and Planning

SBPC was awarded funding from the North Dakota Department of Agriculture to assist in livestock development and planning.

Funding will support site analysis and strategic planning activities, and will accommodate and encourage investment in livestock production.

We have partnered with First District Association of Local Governments (FDALG) to conduct a regional site analysis to assist in identifying locations that meet minimum state siting and local zoning regulations, as well as being in proximity of necessary infrastructure to support animal agricultural production. Based upon the analysis, a hierarchy of potential sites ranked as good, better, and best will be developed. The final report will consist of a database and map identifying potential locations that meet the requirements of the analysis. The planning area includes Bottineau, Burke, McHenry, Mountrail, Renville, and Ward Counties and Townships. The anticipated project completion date is March 2025. Project updates, including preliminary results, will be provided throughout the process.


We held two kickoff meetings on May 28 for community leaders to learn about the project and engage in the planning process. FDALG provided a project overview including the methodology, expected outcomes, and information necessary to complete the study.

An important component of the analysis is the application of local zoning regulations. SBPC is currently requesting Counties/Townships to complete a zoning survey by July 29. Click the link below or visit to view the survey.

Project Committee

SBPC formed a project committee to provide guidance and support, review project progress, and engage and inform key stakeholders from participating counties. The committee is made up of one representative from each county and from the Minot Area Chamber Economic Development Corporation (EDC).

Bottineau: Emily Deschamp
Burke: Marla Macbeth
McHenry: Matt Zelinski
Mountrail: Melissa Vachal
Ward: Beth Pietsch
Minot Area Chamber EDC: Mark Lyman

Project Lead:
Erin Parker, Economic Development Project Specialist

First District Association of Local Governments
Todd Kays, Executive Director

About the ND Department of Agriculture

The North Dakota Department of Agriculture's (NDDA) mission is to serve, advocate, protect, and promote agriculture to benefit everyone.

Funding was provided by the NDDA Regional Livestock Development and Planning Grant Program. The statements, findings, conclusions, and recommendations are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the NDDA.

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