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This site makes available 8 1/2" x 11" conceptual plans that can be helpful in developing building layouts and selecting equipment for various agricultural applications. These are older plans that do not necessarily represent the most current technology or the most recent construction theories. They are not construction plans and do not replace the need for competent design assistance in developing safe, legal, and well-functioning agricultural building systems.

Buildings must resist various forces from snow, wind, and use. They also must adhere to local building and zoning codes. A local building inspector, engineer, building supplier, or building contractor can help you determine what is a safe and legal facility for your area. Others who can help develop a safe, environmentally-compatible, economic, and functional building system include county extension staff, the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), financial management advisors, farm lenders, veterinarians, and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

In addition to the rules and regulations covering design and construction of buildings, be sure to consider how you will handle manure and potential nuisance problems for neighbors. Problems could include flies, rodents, odor, and noise that could result from construction and use of new facilities.

MWPS (MidWest Plan Service) makes available a variety of educational materials related to agricultural and biological engineering, animal science, and farm business management. Specific publications cover the topics of manure management, animal housing systems for various species, irrigation, conservation tillage, business management and tax planning for farmers, residential housing, agricultural safety and health, crops and greenhouses, machinery systems and tractors, and soil and water resources.