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Encyclopedia > Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation

In agriculture, a Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation (CAFO) is a farm that raises livestock and seeks to maximize production by making highly efficient use of space and other resources. Operating a CAFO is sometimes negatively referred to as factory farming.


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Model CAFO Regulatory System - Resources - Factory Farms - Sierra Club (3172 words)
"Animal Waste Management Plan" (AWMP) means a written plan that includes a combination of conservation and management practices designed to protect the natural resources of the state prepared by an owner or operator of a concentrated animal feeding operation as required by the Department pursuant to the provisions of Section 4 of this title.
Concentrated animal feeding operations shall be treated as stationary air sources as defined by the federal Clean Act as amended, and by the National Ambient Air Quality Standards, and CAFO's shall be required to apply for a stationary air source permits.
All operators and employees of a concentrated animal feeding operation involved in the operation of the waste handling system are required to undergo training and certification to the equivalency of the state municipal wastewater treatment plant, with an additional emphasis on animal waste management systems.
IDEM - Confined Feeding Operation (2279 words)
Confined feeding is the raising of animals for food, fur or recreation in lots, pens, ponds, sheds or buildings, where they are confined, fed and maintained for at least 45 days during any year, and where there is no ground cover or vegetation present over at least half of the animals’ confinement area.
The animals raised in confined feeding operations produce manure and wastewater which is collected and stored in pits, tanks, lagoons and other storage devices.
An application is needed for new confined feeding operations, expansions of existing confined feeding operations, and for existing animal feeding operations that must seek approval due to water quality violations.
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