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WHEN IT BECOMES A MULTIDISCIPLINARY ADVENTURE; CONSULTANCY FOR THE NATIONAL PORK PRODUCERS COUNCIL’S ON FARM ODOR/ENVIRONMENTAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
Published by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, St. Joseph, Michigan www.asabe.orgCitation: No Citation available.
Authors: Cheryl J. Wachenheim
Keywords: Agricultural Engineers, Agricultural Environment, Assessment, Environmental Initiatives
Tension between farm operators and their surrounding neighbors within rural communities and on the rural/urban fringe continues to increase as community members become increasingly removed from production agriculture. The hog industry has, in general, been proactive in addressing societal concerns through research and producer programs. The National Pork Producers Council's On Farm Odor/Environmental Assistance Program , initiated in 1998, is one such program. Farm assessors are trained over a four-day period that includes both classroom instruction and three on-farm assessments. Thereafter, what each assessor brings to the task depends on his or her area of expertise, training, and experience. Assessors work in teams of two conducting on-farm evaluations. Efforts are made to team professionals who have complementary strengths and experience. Those assessors trained as animal scientists, agronomists, agricultural economists, or in other related professions and with minimal education or experience in engineering, view and evaluate a farm’s interaction with the environment differently than an agricultural engineer; at times drastically differently. The objectives of this paper are to consider the roles of the diverse set of participants in the On Farm Odor/Environmental Assistance Program and emphasize the important role-played by the agricultural engineer in this interdisciplinary effort.
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