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Agribusiness Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations

Due to COVID-19, the DNR and DATCP developed the following fact sheet with input from the state’s dairy industry. The intent is to help dairy producers navigate the last-resort option of emergency milk disposal, should they find themselves in that position.

» Emergency Disposal of Milk for Dairy Farms During the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency

Farmers who hold a WPDES permit should contact their CAFO Specialist with questions.

Any questions related to Nutrient Management Plans can be directed to the CAFO Nutrient Management staff:

about Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs).
for a Wisconsin Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit.
a regional runoff management specialist.

Wisconsin’s agriculture businesses contribute more than $88.3 billion to our economy. Agribusinesses, however, have potential for discharging pollutants to Wisconsin’s waterways. Therefore, every Wisconsin farm, regardless of size, is responsible for meeting performance standards and prohibitions to prevent polluting lakes, rivers, wetlands or groundwater. The state regulates waste storage structures and manure application at large farms as CAFOs (Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations) under the U.S. EPA Clean Water Act’s pollutant discharge permit program (known in Wisconsin as WPDES).