Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFO)


In South Dakota, concentrated animal feeding operations are regulated by a water pollution control permit. One of the permit requirements is that producers submit the plans for their manure management system. The plans and specifications for their system must meet Department of Environment and Natural Resources design requirements and be approved by a department engineer. For more information, contact Kent Woodmansey with the Feedlot Permit Program at (605) 773-3351.                  


The department has developed tools to assist producers in understanding the permitting process, selecting a good location for a new operation, and to answer common questions about the general permit. The department maintains a list of consultants who have indicated they provide engineering and/or geotechnical services related to the design of manure management systems. The department also maintains a list of crop consultants that can assist producers with preparing initial and annual nutrient management plans.


General Permit for Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations and an application form for obtaining coverage under the permit.  View and Print or Complete Online and Print


Information for New and Expanding CAFOs

Environmental Training for Livestock Producers

Nutrient Management/Manure Management Tools


How to file a CAFO complaint


Wet Weather Management Information

Other Educational Materials

EPA'S CAFO Rules-Notice: Clicking here will take you to EPA's website


Should you have any questions, contact Kent Woodmansey at (605) 773-3351.


Hereford Angus cross

Landrace pig

Landrace giltCharolais, Angus, Limosine at feedbunk

Holding pond under construction