Merced County, with more than 335 dairies and approximately 45 poultry facilities, has one of the first ordinances in the state regulating animal confinement facilities. Enforcing state regulations throughout Merced County is the Division of Environmental Health.
Environmental Health responds to complaints concerning flies, odor, dust, groundwater and surface-water issues and routinely inspects Merced County dairies and poultry facilities.
Existing animal confinement facilities needing assistance to improve waste management systems may apply for funding through the Agricultural Waste Management Loan Program
. This loan program is administered by the Merced County Community and Economic Development Department and the Merced County Division of Environmental Health.