Field Guide to Impacts of Animal Feedlots on Property Values
(Updated October 2016)
The potential environmental effects of animal feedlots, such as possible water contamination and foul odors, are a real concern for those living near one of these facilities. This field guide presents current government regulations, industry trends and studies on the impact of feedlots on surrounding property values. While most studies have found a negative relationship between feedlots and property values, a few have found a positive impact. (A. Siudzinski, Senior Library Information Specialist)
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What Are Animal Feedlots?
"Animal feeding operations (AFOs) are agricultural enterprises where animals are kept and raised in confined situations. AFOs congregate animals, feed, manure and urine, dead animals, and production operations on a small land area. Feed is brought to the animals rather than the animals grazing or otherwise seeking feed in pastures, fields, or on rangeland."
Air Quality Issues and Animal Agriculture: A Primer, (Congressional Research Service, Dec. 22, 2014). [links to a PDF]
Animal Feeding Operations Frequently Asked Questions, (U.S. EPA, Jan. 2014).
National Agriculture Compliance Assistance Center—Animal Feeding Operations, (U.S. EPA, Aug. 2013). Information about environmental requirements specifically relating to the production of livestock in animal feeding operations (AFOs) and concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs).
Animal Feeding Operations, (U.S. EPA, Feb. 2012). EPA definition of Animal Feeding Operations with links to more resources.
Animal Feeding Operations Fact Sheets and Outreach Materials, (U.S. EPA, Jan. 2012).
Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFO)—Final Rule, (U.S. EPA, May 28, 2010). Revisions to CAFO regulations in 2003 and 2008 are outlined.
Environmental Impacts of Animal Feeding Operations, (U.S. EPA, Jan. 1999).
Effects on Real Estate
Animal Operations and Residential Property Values, (The Appraisal Journal, Apr. 15, 2015). [links to a PDF]
How Factory Farms Impact the Communities Where They are Located, (One Green Planet, Feb. 26, 2015).
The Effect of a Large Hog Barn Operation on Residential Sales Prices in Marshall County, KY, (Josre, Dec. 14, 2014).
Animal Feeding Operations and Residential Value: Summary of Literature, (University of Missouri, 2011). A literature review with bibliography of recent studies on the impact of CAFO on surrounding residential and non-residential land prices.
An Analyisis of the Impact of Swine CAFOs on the Value of Nearby Houses, (U of Northern Iowa, 2008). Large adverse impacts suffered by houses that are within three miles and directly downwind from a CAFO are found. Beyond three miles, CAFOs have a generally decreasing adverse impact on house prices as distance to the CAFO increases. [opens as a Word Doc]
Animal Feeding Operations and Residential Land Value, (University of Missouri Extension, July 2006). Summary of literature on the impact of AFOs on land values. All studies indicated that the impact of AFOs on property value was localized or limited to properties near the AFO. Most studies found a negative impact though a few found either a positive or no impact. [links to a PDF]
Evaluating the Effect of Proximity to Hog Farms on Residential Property Values: A GIS-Based Hedonic Price Model Approach, (URISA Journal, 2005). This study finds a negative and significant impact on property value from hog operations. [links to a PDF]
Living with Hogs in Iowa: The Impact of Livestock Facilities on Rural Residential Property Values, (Iowa State University, Center for Agricultural and Rural Development, Aug. 2003). This study finds that livestock operations have an overall statistically significant effect on property values. Predicted negative effects are largest for properties that are downwind and close to livestock operations. [links to a PDF]
Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations and Proximate Property Values, (The Appraisal Journal, July 2001). Property located near a concentrated animal feeding operation (CAFO) will be negatively impacted by this externality. The degree of impairment depends on proximity and property type and use. Properties with higher unimpaired values are probably impacted more than otherwise lower-valued properties. E
Measured Effects of Feedlots on Residential Property Values in Minnesota: A Report to the Legislature, (University of Minnesota, College of Agricultural, Food, and Environmental Sciences, July 1996). One of the few studies to find a statistically significant positive relationship between feedlots and residential property values. [links to a PDF]
Air Quality Issues and Animal Agriculture: A Primer, (Congressional Research Service, Mar. 11, 2014). [links to a PDF]
Animal Feeding Operations—Links to information from outside CDC, (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Nov. 2009).
Animal Feeding Operations: An Overview, (The National Agricultural Law Center, May 2009).
Books, eBooks & Other Resources
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Pollution and Property (Adobe eReader)
Books, Videos, Research Reports & More
The resources below are available for loan through Information Services. Up to three books, tapes, CDs and/or DVDs can be borrowed for 30 days from the Library for a nominal fee of $10. Call Information Services at 800-874-6500 for assistance.
Farm Appraisal Principals: gentlemen, scoundrels, professionals, (Austin, TX: Sunbelt Eakin, 2002). HD 1393 Su8F C1
The Appraisal of Rural Property, 2nd ed., (Chicago, IL: The Appraisal Institute, 2000). HD 1393 Am3a C1
Farm and Ranch Marketing, (Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall, 1998). HD 1393 R72 C1
A compendium: a guide to appraising specific property types, (Chicago, IL: Society of Real Estate Appraisers, 1973). HD 1387 So1c
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