Animal Feeding Operations Program
Animal Feeding Operation Program Coordinators:
EMail Phone: 701.328.5228
EMail Phone: 701.328.5219
EMail Phone: 701.328.5227
Mail: 918 East Divide Avenue, 4th Floor
Bismarck, ND 58501-1947
Rules were adopted on 2/12/2003 by
EPA for the CAFO (Concentrated Animal Feeding
Operation) Permit Program.
State regulations pertaining to large animal feeding operations (CAFO).
State regulations pertaining to medium and small animal feeding operations.
ND livestock program
pertaining to animal feeding operations.
Public Comments Relating to Regulation
Revisions and Livestock Design Manual:
and Comments 6
All Comments with
To apply for approval for a livestock waste system in
ND, fill out and submit the Livestock
Preventing Livestock Pollution in North Dakota
Livestock Waste Management Regulations
The North Dakota Department of Health has the statutory responsibility to control
the pollution of surface waters, ground waters, and the air of the state.
Water Quality Standards have been developed and adopted for the surface waters of
North Dakota, as provided by the Water Quality Act of 1965. An extensive Water Pollution
Control Act, addressing among other things the control of livestock waste, was adopted by
the 1967 state legislature.
The Rules and Regulations for the Control of Pollution from Certain Livestock
Enterprises were first issued in 1972 by the State Health Department and updated in
1989 and 2005.
State law prohibits the following practices.
1. Feeding of livestock on ice.
2. Feeding of livestock or handling livestock waste in any way that would allow
the waste to enter waters of the state, or to be washed into these waters by runoff from
rain or snow melt.
Operations Requiring Approval
The following links are a guidance to determine if you
need a feedlot permit and what is required of it:
"Do I Need
Comparison Chart for Animal Feeding Operations
UPDATED 7/2005-Rules and Regulations
WANT MORE INFORMATION?
There are several places you can obtain information on managing livestock waste.
For information on regulations and developing waste management systems, Contact:
North Dakota Department of Health
Water Quality Division
918 E. Divide Ave., 4th Floor
Bismarck, ND 58506-1947
Your local Natural Resources Conservation Service office may also be able to
provide information on developing livestock waste systems and utilizing waste for crops.
The Extension Service at North Dakota State University or your local county
Extension agent have reference materials on livestock waste systems and may be able to
assist you. One helpful publication is the Livestock Waste Facilities Handbook
published by the Midwest Plan Service which can be purchased through NDSU Extension.
Your local district health unit may also be able to assist you with questions on
livestock waste issues.
Many North Dakotans want to know more about State regulations designed to prevent
pollution from livestock waste.
A RESOURCE OR POLLUTION?
Livestock waste is a valuable resource when used properly. It provides essential
nutrients, organic matter, and moisture to cropland. However, these nutrients, which are
so beneficial to crops and soils, can have detrimental effects when carried into surface
waters or groundwater. In surface waters, they may cause large growths of algae (algal
blooms), resulting in fish kills and decreased recreational opportunities. Nutrients in
ground water may contaminate drinking water wells.
Our challenge then is to use livestock waste as a resource for food production,
but prevent it from polluting surface or ground water resources.
For more information call 701.328.5210 or email Brady Espe,
Jeremy Lang or