ANIMAL FEEDING OPERATIONS (AFO) AND CONCENTRATED ANIMAL FEEDING OPERATIONS (CAFO)


It’s not a pretty topic, but it’s part of the job — animal waste (AKA litter or nutrients) has to be managed properly to protect Alabama’s natural resources. Owners of Animal Feeding Operations (AFO) and Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFO), such as a stockyard or chicken house, are required to adhere to certain rules and regulations enforced by the Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM). Farmers are required to submit a comprehensive nutrient management plan that describes, in great detail, their operation and plan to manage animal waste.

Collecting the information and navigating through the regulations can be tedious. That’s where Alabama conservation districts come in. In at least 44 counties where these operations exist, our district administrative coordinators (DACs) work directly with farmers to ensure the necessary information is collected and reported to ADEM.

If you would like assistance with your AFO/CAFO, contact your local conservation district.