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Animal Feeding Operations

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Animal Feeding Operations Resources

Information about environmental requirements specifically relating to the production of livestock in animal feeding operations (AFOs) and concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs).

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Regulations for AFOs Related to Air Programs
Regulations for AFOs Related to Water Programs

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About Animal Feeding Operations

Animal feeding operations (AFOs) are agricultural enterprises where animals are kept and raised in confined situations. AFOs congregate animals, feed, manure and urine, dead animals, and production operations on a small land area. Feed is brought to the animals rather than the animals grazing or otherwise seeking feed in pastures, fields, or on rangeland. There are approximately 450,000 AFOs in the United States.

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Information from EPA Regions
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Region 3 - Contains general information, statistics, maps, and data tables
Region 5 - Contains AFO Sector Profile, EPA contacts, Federal and State program information, and technical and financial assistance information
Region 6 - Contains contact information, access to the CAFO database, permit references, and permit inspection forms
Region 7 - Contains contact information, where to register CAFO complaints, and information on permitting and inspection programs
Region 8 - Contains contact information, regulations and guidance, and State maps of livestock concentrations
Region 9 - Contains general information, EPA efforts in the states, tools and techniques, laws, terms, and contact information

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