Environmentally sound practices help protect water quality.

To meet standards imposed in the 2003 Clean Water Act NRCS offers assistance to landowners meeting permitting requirements.

An AFO is a lot or a facility where animals have been, are, or will be stabled or confined and fed or maintained for a total of 45 days or more in any 12-month period and where vegetation is not sustained in the confinement area during the normal growing season.

An operation must first meet the AFO definition before it can be considered a CAFO.

EPA defines a large CAFO as having 1,000 or more head.
A medium CAFO has 300 to 999 head and has a piped waste conveyance system or animals on site that come into direct contact with surface water in the confined area.
A small CAFO has less than 300 head and has been determined to have a significant source of pollutants.

Large Range or Pasture-Based Operations are not AFO'S and, therefore, cannot be CAFO'S, as long as its animals are not maintained in confinement.

Contact your local NRCS office      307-532-4880