Animal Waste Awareness in Research and Extension


In response to concerns expressed by Georgia Milk Producers and other organizations regarding the new state Large AFO LAS Permit, Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) along with Georgia Department of Agriculture (GDA) have scheduled three educational meetings across the state (view flyer).  These meetings will provide information to assist large AFO/CAFO producers in deciding if a state LAS permit or a federal NPDES permit is needed for their operation as well as time for Q&A to clarify any additional questions from the audience.  A panel with representatives from EPD, GDA, UGA, and NRCS will be facilitating the meetings.  This is the perfect opportunity for permitted large CAFO/AFO producers, consultants, and agricultural educators to get answers to you questions.  If you have any questions regarding the meetings please direct them to GDA at  Large AFO/CAFO producers are encouraged to review the state and federal rules as an additional decision making tool.  Below are links to the state and federal AFO/CAFO rules along with an informational fact sheet developed by Georgia EPD.


Georgia EPD Animal Feeding Operation Rule

United States EPA Federal CAFO Rule

Georgia EPD: Comparison of State and Federal Permit Options for Animal Feeding Operations


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

CAFO NPDES/LAS Permit Renewal Informational Sessions:

Tuesday, August 12: 2:00-2:30 p.m.
Farm Bureau Headquarters: 1620 Bass Rd.

Wednesday, August 20: 10:00-11:30 p.m.
UGA Livestock Arena: 2600S. Milledge Ave.

Thursday, August 28: 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
UGA Tifton Campus Conference Center: 15 RDC Rd.



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