Natural Resources

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Activities within the CAFO Program require public notice and participation opportunities. ​Click on the area tabs below for information. ​For details on noticing and public participation requirements, reference table 2 of the CAFO permit​​.​ ​​You can sign up to be notified by email ​when a CAFO public notice is announced. ​​​​

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Poultry CAFOs

Information can be found on the poultry CAFO webpage​.

Do I need a permit for the manure generated by my animals?

The Oregon Department of Agriculture issues a Confined Animal Feeding Operation (CAFO) permit to livestock owners so manure does not pollute ground and surface water.

There are three main factors that determine if your farm needs a CAFO permit:

  1. How many animals you have.
  2. How long the animals are confined for in a prepared area (e.g. in a barn, lot, pen).
  3. How the manure and wastewater generated by the farm is stored (e.g. do you collect your m​anure in a tank or do you stack it in a pile).

​Reference table 1 in the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) General Permit or in the Water Pollution Control Facilities (WPCF) General Permit to determine whether the permit is required. For more information, see the CAFO geographic boundaries resource to contact the livestock water quality specialist in your area. 

What is ODA's CAFO permit application process? 

A complete application should be submitted to ODA at least 180 days prior to the date of intended construction or operation.​ For more information, see our step-by-step process for CAFO permitting​. 

How do I apply for a permit?

For operators not currently permitted, complete Application to Register​ (ATR) to the Oregon CAFO permit and review the animal waste management plan minimum requirements when completing section IV of the ATR.

What are the fees related to CAFO permits?

There is an application fee of $100 for a small CAFO, $150 for a medium CAFO, and $300 for a large CAFO when applying for a permit. There also is an annual permit fee. Depending on the size of your operation, the annual permit fee will be:

  • $125 for a small CAFO
  • $250 for a medium CAFO
  • $400 for a Tier 1 large CAFO
  • $900 for a Tier 2 large CAFO

For more information, see the CAFO fee table​.

What if I need a CAFO permit but decide not to get one?

Failing to apply for a CAFO permit, if required, is a violation of state law and you may be assessed a financial penalty.

Why land use is important​

Oregon's land-use laws regulate the use of land and permitted uses. When an applicant submits a CAFO application to ODA, the application must include a Land Use Compatibility Statement (LUCS). A representative from the local land use authority must sign a LUCS ensuring that the proposed CAFO can be located at the site and is compliant with Oregon's land-use system. According to state law, local governments implement their own comprehensive land plans and land use regulations (zoning). ODA has no regulatory authority in Oregon’s land-use system. 

ORS 215.203(2) defines all agricultural operations. ​In addition, there are 19 Statewide Land Use Planning Goals that all cities and counties use in creating their comprehensive land-use plans. For example, statewide Planning Goal 3, Agricultural Lands, defines agricultural land and requires that agricultural land be identified and protected. Lands determined to be agricultural land are designated as (zoned) and protected by Exclusive Farm Use zones (EFU). State law permits farm use as a right on lands zoned EFU. 

Agency partners​

O​​DA, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, Oregon Water Resources Department, Oregon Health Authority, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, Department of State Lands​

One position available on the CAFO Advisory Committee

The Oregon Department of Agriculture’s CAFO Program has an open membership seat available for one position representing the public for the CAFO Advisory Committee (CAC). 

The committee membership consisting of industry and public members allows for open and constructive dialogue representing a variety of perspectives about the program's operations. ODA also collects input from the Advisory Committee and the public on proposed CAFO rules or rule revisions. 

Un puesto disponible en el Comité Asesor de la Operación de Alimentación de Animales Confinados de Oregon

El Programa CAFO del Departamento de Agricultura de Oregon tiene un puesto de membresía​ disponible para un posición que representa al público para el Comité Asesor de CAFO (CAC).

La membresía del comité que consiste en miembros de la industria y el público permite un diálogo abierto y constructivo que representa una variedad de perspectivas sobre las operaciones del programa. ODA también recopila información del Comité Asesor y del público en general sobre las reglas propuestas de CAFO o las revisiones de las reglas. ​

Resources

2021 NPDES General Permit Annual Report: Large Tier 1 and Tier 2 CAFOs

2021 Annual Report for Large Tier 1 and Tier 2 CAFOs

2021 NPDES General Permit Annual Report: Small and Medium CAFOs

2021 Annual Report for Small and Medium CAFOs

Confined Animal Feeding Operations (CAFO) public notices

Activities within the CAFO Program require public notice and participation opportunities. You can sign up for email notifications. Subscribe to receive CAFO public notices

2020 Large-Sized CAFOs Recordkeeping Calendar

2020 calendar for large CAFO permittees

2020 Small- and Medium-Sized CAFOs Recordkeeping Calendar

2020 calendar for small and medium CAFO permittees

Animal Waste Management Plan - Minimum Required Elements

Outlines the required components of the Animal Waste Management Plan. Animal waste management plan required elements

Application to Register to the Oregon CAFO General Permit

Application to register to CAFO permit

CAFO Construction Approval Request form

Construction approval request

Land Use Compatibility Statement (LUCS)

Land Use Compatibility Statement

Landowner's Guide to Managing Livestock Mortality

Information about how to safely dispose of large animal carcasses. Livestock mortality guide

Background information

National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Current Issues

Current federal issues that impact NPDES permits NPDES website

NPDES and Animal Feeding Operations

Animal feeding operations that meet the regulatory definition of a concentrated animal feeding operation (CAFO) are regulated under the NPDES permitting program. EPA information on animal feeding operations

​​Rules and regulations

Department of Agriculture Division 74, Confined Animal Feeding Operation Program

Oregon Administrative rules for the CAFO Program OAR Division 74: Confined Animal Feeding Operation Program

Department of Environmental Quality Division 45, Regulations Pertaining to NPDES and WPCF Permits

DEQ's administrative rules for the CAFO Program DEQ - OAR Chapter 340

House Bill 2156: Confined Animal Feeding Operation Program legislative history

House Bill 2156: Program legislative history

OAR 340 Division 51: Confined Animal Feeding or Holding Operations

Rules relating to the Confined Animal Feeding Operation Program OAR 340 Division 51: DEQ rules for CAFOs

OAR 603 Division 74: Confined Animal Feeding Operation Program

Rules relating to the Confined Animal Feeding Operation (CAFO) Program OAR 603 Division 74: Confined Animal Feeding Operation Program

Oregon Revised Statute 468B Water Quality

Statutes relating to Water Quality ORS 468B: Water Quality

Current permits and related materials

CAFO NPDES General Permit

CAFO NPDES General Permit

CAFO NPDES General Permit Evaluation Report and Fact Sheet

CAFO NPDES General Permit - Report and Fact Sheet

CAFO Program Annual Report (2021)

2021 CAFO Report

CAFO Program Memorandum of Understanding

MOU between the Environmental Quality Commission and the Oregon Department of Agriculture for authorization of the CAFO program. CAFO Program MOU

CAFO Water Pollution Control Facilities (WPCF) General Permit Evaluation Report and Fact Sheet

CAFO WPCF General Permit Evaluation Report and Fact Sheet

CAFO Water Pollution Control Facilities General Permit

CAFO Water Pollution Control Facilities General Permit

Del Sistema Nacional de Eliminación de Descargas de Contaminantes Para Una Operación de Alimentación de Animals Estabulados

Permiso

More info from ODA

CAFO Advisory Committee meetings and public hearings​​

Manure Spreading Advisory

Poultry CAFO information

​​Contacts​

Wym Matthews
Program Manager
Phone: 503-986-4792
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Chris Anderson
Livestock Water Quality Specialist, Area 4
Phone: 541-660-9611
Fax: 503-986-4730
Christy Caldwell
Program Analyst
Phone: 503-986-4708
Hilary Collinsworth
Livestock Water Quality Specialist, Area 6
Phone: 541-881-6020
Ben Krahn
Livestock Water Quality Specialist, Area 3
Phone: 503-986-6468
Armando Macias
Livestock Water Quality Specialist, Area 1
Phone: 503-842-6278
Fax: 503-842-5986
Charlene Olson
Livestock Water Quality Specialist, Area 2
Phone: 503-986-4780
Alli Studnick
Livestock Water Quality Specialist and Administrative Coordinator
Phone: 971-388-6327
Vacant
Office Specialist
Phone: 503-986-4699



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