Auditor Says Iowa Livestock Farm Fund Mishandled

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – A state audit says the Iowa Department of Natural Resources has been mismanaging a multimillion-dollar fund set up to help oversee Iowa livestock farms and their manure.

The audit report issued Tuesday said the agency improperly transferred money from a fund meant to finance oversight of livestock farms. But Auditor Mary Mosiman said her office didn’t find examples of the money being misspent.

So the audit doesn’t confirm the allegation that money was being diverted for other uses. The program’s former manager, Gene Tinker, said he believes the money was being misused, and he is appealing losing his job last year.

The $1.6 million in fees collected annually from livestock farms is required to be used only for the program to ensure compliance with manure management and barn construction laws.