Animal Waste Awareness in Research and Extension


August 2012 Georgia Department of Natural Resources Approved the Revised AFO rules.  The rules are currently pending Georgia Attorney General’s Office and the United States Environmental Protection Agency for approval. The pending rules are below.

Animal Feeding Operation Rule (includes AFOs >than 300 AU other than large swine operations >3000 AU)

Swine Feeding Operation Rule (for swine operations >3000 animal units)


The Objectives of AWARE:

“To facilitate awareness of animal waste issues to research scientists, Extension personnel, industry representatives, and producers and to serve as a catalyst for providing economically and environmentally sound waste utilization solutions to Georgia’s animal production industry.”

AWARE is a collaborative effort of The University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Pollution Prevention Assistance Division, Georgia Department of Agriculture, and others.  Those involved in AWARE include:

  • Scientists
  • Educators
  • Agricultural Professionals
  • Farmers
  • Universities (UGA and others)
  • Federal Agencies
  • Agricultural Associations
  • Businesses

AWARE team members are experts in a variety of areas related to animal waste management, environmental regulations, agricultural economics, crop and soil science, water quality and agricultural pollution prevention.

AWARE team members include:

John McKissick – Dept. of Agricultural and Applied Economics
Casey Ritz and Dan Cunningham – Dept. of Poultry Science
John Bernard and Larry Newton – Dept. of Animal and Dairy Science
Miguel Cabrera, Glenn Harris and David Radcliffe – Dept. of Crop and Soil Science
David Kissel – Agricultural and Environmental Services Lab
Melony Wilson, John Worley, and Mark Risse – Dept. of Biological and Agricultural Engineering

Up Coming Events

GEORGIA DAIRY CONFERENCE:  January 14-16,  2013; Savannah River Front Marriott

GEORGIA PORK CONGRESS: February 12, 2013; Georgia Farm Bureau Building, Macon, GA


Protecting Water Quality with Incentives for Litter Transfer in Georgia - Final Report

Δ  Check out this valuable resource in agricultural pollution prevention!
National Livestock and Poultry Environmental Learning Center

Δ  Information on the CAFO Air Emission EPCRA Reporting Requirements