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What is a CAFO?

Beef Feedlot showing cattle feeding

Animal Feeding Operations (AFOs) are agricultural operations 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.

Your operation is an AFO if:

Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs) are AFOs that meet certain EPA criteria. CAFOs make up approximately 15 percent of total AFOs.

Your operation is a CAFO if:

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Correspondence to Congressional Delegations

Public Informational Meeting Presentation, Aug. 30, 2012

Public Informational Meeting Presentations, July 2, 2012

Persons who have questions about the regulations or the outreach efforts can call EPA Region 7 toll-free at 800-223-0425, or send an email to r7actionline@epa.gov. Please include the term "CAFO" in the subject line of your email inquiry.

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