Animal Waste Awareness in Research and Extension

Certified Planner/Operator Training

The annual planner/operator certification training is offered in Athens at the UGA Livestock Arena classroom.  This page will be updated when specific days are selected.  Anyone wanting to write NMPs in Georgia must attend this training.  All permitted operations must have a certified animal waste system operator on site.  This training offers continuing education credits for concentrated animal waste system operators.

The Objectives of AWARE:

“To facilitate awareness of animal waste issues to research scientists, Extension personnel, industry representatives, and producers and to serve as a catalyst for providing economically and environmentally sound waste utilization solutions to Georgia’s animal production industry.”

AWARE is a collaborative effort of The University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Georgia DEQ Pollution Prevention Assistance Division, and the Georgia Department of Agriculture. Those involved in AWARE include:

  • Scientists
  • Educators
  • Agricultural Professionals
  • Farmers
  • Universities
  • Federal Agencies
  • Agricultural Associations
  • Businesses

AWARE team members are experts in a variety of areas related to animal waste management, environmental regulations, agricultural economics, crop and soil science, water quality and agricultural pollution prevention.