Livestock production is the cornerstone of agriculture in Nebraska. Beef, dairy, and swine operations are scattered across Nebraska’s vast landscape. Many of the crops grown in Nebraska are fed directly to livestock, creating one of the most efficient food-producing chains in the country. Animals and their manure, however, can cause objectionable odors.
Farmers use Best Management Practices to limit odor from their livestock operations and in the application of manure onto their fields. For many producers, manure serves as a valuable source of organic fertilizer for crops. Livestock and crop production complement each other very well.
Despite farmer’s best effort, the elimination of manure odors is virtually impossible, making odor a real part of country living. Before buying a rural home site, be aware of livestock operations in the area and your distance from them. Also keep in mind prevailing winds because odors can travel some distance. If you already own an acreage, be understanding of crop producers using manure near you. They may even give you some manure to put on your garden so you can produce more food for your family.