Federal programs for livestock are not comparable to those for
crops. Federal legislation provides assistance for livestock and
poultry farmers with emergency feed programs, drought assistance,
and conservation and environmental programs. Other programs for
livestock operations include the Environmental Quality Incentives Program, which
provides technical, educational, and financial assistance to
eligible farmers and ranchers to address soil, water, and related
natural resource concerns on their lands in an environmentally
beneficial and cost-effective manner.
Protection Agency provides information about national
environmental requirements specifically relating to the production
of agricultural animals, including fish and other aquatic animals.
Feedlot operations are specifically addressed under the Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation
regulations. In addition, many States and localities have
regulations on size of confined animal operations, odor, waste
disposal, and water quality as they relate to agriculture.
Agricultural policy extends to trade, and agriculture is one of
the topic areas in the World Trade Organization
that has been opened to negotiations. In addition to market forces,
sanitary and phytosanitary regulations, tariffs, quotas, and other
policies affect the trade of animals and animal products.