Peggy Woolam, owner and operator of Bryan’s Run Poultry Farm in Marion County, was faced with the problem of updating her poultry operation to meet new state and local regulations. She has eight broiler houses in Marion County and is therefore required to have a Confined Animal Feeding Operation (CAFO) permit, which includes a Nutrient Management Plan.
Woolam contacted the Buena Vista Field Office of Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) for assistance. She was accepted into the Environmental Quality Incentives Program and received 75% cost-share assistance to help with the cost of installing the stack house and incinerator.
NRCS assisted Woolam with a Comprehensive Nutrient Management Plan which included a litter storage facility, or stack house, and also an incinerator to dispose of dead birds. Construction of the waste storage facility and installing an animal mortality system brought Woolam’s operation in compliance with all the latest state and local regulations that coincide with an Confined Animals Feeding Operation (CAFO) permit.