Concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) are large-scale animal production facilities where many animals are raised or maintained, where feed is brought to the animals, and where wastes accumulate in a small area. Farms that are defined as CAFOs must be issued a permit in order to operate. The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation issues these permit. However, these permits are only issued after a Nutrient Management Plan and other application materials have been submitted to and approved by the Tennessee Department of Agriculture.
The information contained on this site attempts to provide some explanation of the CAFO permitting program in Tennessee, and to equip an applicant with all the information and materials they would need to put together an application.