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USDA-NRCS Opportunities for Assisting Producers in Addressing Air Emissions

Published by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, St. Joseph, Michigan

Citation:  10th International Livestock Environment Symposium (ILES X)  .(doi:10.13031/iles.18-104)
Authors:   Gregory W. Zwicke, Gregory L. Johnson
Keywords:   Air, air quality, ammonia, conservation, dust, emissions, gases, odors, particulate matter, PM, USDA.

Abstract. The United States Department of Agriculture‘s Natural Resources Conservation Service (USDA-NRCS) provides technical and financial assistance to agricultural producers for conservation planning and addressing identified resource concerns for soil, water, air plants, animals, and energy. Under the air umbrella, USDA-NRCS has identified “Emissions of Particulate Matter (PM) and PM Precursors”, “Emissions of Greenhouse Gases (GHGs)”, “Emissions of Ozone Precursors”, “Objectionable Odors”, and “Emissions of Airborne Reactive Nitrogen” as resource concern areas. This presentation discusses how USDA-NRCS evaluates livestock and poultry operations for potential air quality resource concerns and identifies and implements conservation strategies and conservation practice standards to address those concerns. Additionally, this presentation highlights several USDA-NRCS success stories from around the nation related to air quality and animal production.

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