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Agricultural Conservation Education Program


Program Background

In September 2002, the ACT program began assisting Arizona’s Confined Animal Feeding Operations (CAFO) with Comprehensive Nutrient Management Plans (CNMP). The goal of the strictly CNMP focused program was to serve multiple organizations by addressing: ACT’s goal of increased non-regulatory compliance assistance to the agricultural community, the United States Department of Agriculture Natural Resource Conservation Service’s (NRCS) effort to maintain and improve environmental resources and compliance with the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality's (ADEQ) Arizona Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Permit, which in turn meets the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean Water Act regulations.

Current Focus

Due to changes in the regulatory environment beginning in 2005, the need for a focused CNMP program changed. The program was refocused to assist with all natural resource concerns while continuing with CAFO assistance as needed. This improved collaborative effort between NRCS and the Arizona Department of Agriculture helps to provide Arizona’s agricultural producers with more resources for compliance and educational assistance.


The CAFO Education Group

The CAFO Education Group is a joint project between producer organizations and state and federal agencies that is committed to providing education and compliance assistance to Arizona’s Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations.

Members include representatives from the Arizona Cattle Growers Association, United Dairymen of Arizona, Arizona and Maricopa County Farm Bureaus, USDA - NRCS, EPA Region 9, several Natural Resource Conservation Districts, the University of Arizona Cooperative Extension, ADEQ and ADA. The ACEP coordinator chairs the CAFO Education Group and facilitates meetings.


2009 CAFO Roundtable Presentations - Now Available on the website!!!


The CAFO Ready Reference Guide
A concise binder that covers regulations for animal feeding operations, grant opportunities and was developed in conjunction with the CAFO Education Group.

Download Electronic Version
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Animal Waste Management Website
Includes information on energy production and producer resources. Animal Waste Website



For more information call 602-542-0873, 623-535-5055 ext. 123, or 1-800-294-0308 (outside of Maricopa County).


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