New York CAFO

These regulatory changes impact those horse operations that own/hold over 150 horses (including tracks).

See the schedule for informational sessions across the state.
New CAFO Permit Info Sessions
In 2009, the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) will offer two new CAFO Permits for NYS:
1) the just released ECL SPDES General Permit for CAFOs (GP-0-09-001) (“ECL Permit”); and
2) the Clean Water Act SPDES General Permit expected to be released in the coming months (GP-0-09-002) (“CWA Permit”).
“ECL” stands for “Environmental Conservation Law” and is a general reference to the body of NYS environmental laws that regulate many
activities well beyond agriculture. The new ECL permit is available to download and read from the DEC website. DEC is requiring all CAFO-sized farms in NYS to obtain coverage under either an ECL or CWA Permit by March 31, 2010, so it’s critical that farmers (both CAFO-sized farms and farms approaching CAFO-size whether currently under a CAFO permit or not), planners, and other ag service reps become familiar with the new permit requirements.
To help the agricultural community understand obligations under the new permit, several agricultural groups have invited DEC to a series of meetings to explain the ECL Permit and field questions from farmers, planners, professional engineers, and other ag service providers.
The following New CAFO Permit Info Sessions are free of charge (no lunch) and CCA credits are pending. No call-ahead or pre-registration required for the sessions. Just show up.
July 14
12:30-3:30 PM
Saratoga County Cornell Cooperative Extension’s
4-H Training Center, 556 Middle Line Road,
Balston Spa, NY
(518) 885-8995
July 15
12:30-3:30 PM
Jefferson County Cornell Cooperative Extension Office,
203 North Hamilton Street, Watertown, NY
(315) 788-8450
July 22
12:30-3:30 PM
NYS Fairgrounds, Martha Eddy Room at the Art and
Home Center (enter fairgrounds thru Gate 2),
581 State Fair Boulevard, Syracuse, NY
(518) 457-3738
July 24
12:30-3:30 PM
W.H. Miner Institute, 1034 Miner Farm Road,
Chazy, NY
(518) 846-7121
July 29
12:30-3:30 PM
Genesee County Fairgrounds, Kennedy Building,
Route 5, Batavia, NY
(585) 343-3040
The New CAFO Permit Info Sessions have been arranged by several agricultural organizations, including New York Farm Bureau, the Northeast Dairy Producers Association (NEDPA), Cornell’s PRO-DAIRY, Cornell Cooperative Extension, and others.