Highlights of the Air Quality Education in Animal Agriculture Project

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Through the Air Quality Education in Animal Agriculture (AQEAA) project, Land-Grant University specialists from across the U.S. have been collaborating in delivering applied, research-based air quality information to those who work with livestock and poultry producers. The AQEAA project developed Air Quality content on the Animal Manure Management eXtension website in collaboration with the Livestock and Poultry Environmental Learning Center (LPELC). The Air Quality web content makes widely accessible the educational resources produced by this project for use in developing the knowledge base and skills of professionals who interact [and pre-professionals who plan to interact] with livestock and poultry producers. The online materials include 18 written publications, 3 videos, and 16 recorded webinars (webcasts). Also made accessible are selected research and technology summaries as well as online content produced by other organizations. The AQEAA project also developed the skills of professionals regarding air quality topics via professional development events. Website usage information, participant polls, and stakeholder surveys provided evidence that the resources developed by this project are being utilized and that delivery of the information via eXtension has been an effective means of communicating information on this topic. Webcasts were especially effective in communicating information and providing continuing professional development. AQEAA-sponsored workshops were effective in providing in-depth air quality information and experiences to more than 300 professionals. Collaboration with the LPELC facilitated having a ready eXtension outlet for project materials and is providing continued, sustainable access to online information from this project.

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Highlights of the Air Quality Education in Animal Agriculture Project

  1. 1. Overall GoalEnhanced Learning Opportunities for Addressing Air Quality Issues in Animal AgricultureThat well-prepared professionals will equip livestock andpoultry producers in making well-informed decisions andimplementing effective practices based upon best-availableresearch.Objectives1. Develop an air quality curriculum for classroom and Extension use2. Increase audience access to research expertise3. Provide on-demand access to products - web presence4. Skill-set development for animal agriculture advisorsCurriculum MaterialsOver 50 professionals at the national level are participating in one or more roles.Air Quality content is prominentlypositioned within its own section ofthe Animal Manure ManagementeXtension website via the Livestock& Poultry Environmental LearningCenterAir Quality Education inAnimal Agriculture ProjectAir Quality Publications18 peer-reviewed publications available online-Five more in reviewModule Publication titleAir QualityIssuesAtmospheric ammonia: Understanding its effectsAmmonia emissions from cattle feeding operations, Part 1 of 2: Issues and emissionsDust emissions from cattle feeding operations, Part 1 of 2: Sources, factors, andcharacteristicsHydrogen sulfide emissions from open/dry-lot cattle-feeding operations*Air quality regulations and animal agricultureAir QualityMeasurementEvaluating air quality in livestock housing environments*Bioaerosol sampling in animal environments*PollutantMitigationAirborne emissions sources and management on animal agriculture production systemsAmmonia from cattle feeding operations Part 2 of 2: AbatementDust emissions from cattle-feeding operations, Part 2 of 2: Abatement.Manure additives for improving hog farm air qualityDiet and feed management to mitigate airborne emissionsPoultry litter amendmentsCovers for mitigating odor and gas emissions in animal agriculture: An overviewImpermeable covers for odor and air pollution mitigation in animal agriculturePermeable covers for odor and air pollution mitigation in animal agricultureBiofilters for odor and air pollution mitigation in animal agricultureWet scrubbers for mechanically ventilated animal facilitiesAir Quality Issues Videos3 videos developed:• Ammonia deposition in Rocky MountainNational Park: What is the role of animalagriculture?• Odors from livestock farms: A case study inNebraska.• Dust from cattle feedyards: A case studyfrom Texas.Sixteen Webcasts ProducedWebcast Participation• Average 135 attendees per live broadcast– Archived webcasts viewed 3 to 5 timesmore than live webinars• Mix of public and private sector participants– Regulatory agency staff– NRCS– Extension– ARS/university researchers– Private industryWebcast Impacts• Main reasons for participating– Professional development– Provide recommendations toproducers• Each viewer influences an average ofabout 140 producers.• Viewer responses:– 85% believed that their knowledgebase on subjects covered wasimproved moderately to significantly.– 79% were likely to implement orrecommend implementation of thepresented tool or practice.• Imitation– Manure de Jour webinar series wasinitiated in the NortheastWeb Presencehttp://www.extension.org/pages/Air_Quality_in_Animal_AgricultureAccess to:• Webcasts• Research summaries• Publications and videos• Other materials and links– Regulatory updates– Online NRCS course– Land-Grant resourcesWeb Presence – eXtensionWeb Presence Impacts• Web traffic grew to over 4,000accesses during first 3months of 2012.• Online course collaboration withNRCS was awarded ASABEEducational Aids Blue RibbonAward• Mitigating Air Emissions from AnimalFeeding Operations (May 2008)– 170 participants• International Symposium on Air Qualityand Manure Management for Agriculture(September 2010)– Over 90 workshop attendees• Western Dairy Air Quality Symposium(April 2011)– Attended by ~100 professionalsWorkshopsfor Developing Skills• Evaluate opportunities to reduce airemissions on a livestock or poultryoperation– National Air Quality Site AssessmentTool, NAQSAT• Use tools for assessing the carbonfootprint of a livestock operation• Appropriate methods to measureparticulate matter from animal productionsources• Measuring bioaerosols in animalenvironmentsWhat Next?• Continue to produce air qualitymaterials– Collaboration with other projects• Provide ongoing access to contentand some coordination of air qualityextension– New funding has provided newcapacity and some sustainabilityNational Institute of Food and AgricultureUnited States Department of AgricultureSkill-SetDevelopmentResearchExpertiseThe Air Quality Education in AnimalAgriculture project was supported byCompetitive Grant #2007-55112-17856 from the USDA NationalInstitute of Food and Agriculture’sNational Research Initiative airquality programHighlights of theVideos received educational materials awardsWebcast title Month10) Mitigating Air Quality Issues Using Vegetative EnvironmentalBuffersFebruary 201011) Animal Ag’s Role in Greenhouse Gas Production:A Closer LookJune 201012) NAQSAT:A Tool for Determining Opportunities to Reduce AirEmissions– Beef & DairyAugust 201013) NAQSAT:A Tool for Determining Opportunities to Reduce AirEmissions– Swine & PoultryOctober 201014) Controlling Ammonia and Air Emissions in Poultry Facilities December 201015) Planning Livestock & Poultry Facilities for Reduced Odor Risk April 201116) Summarized Results of NAEMS September 2011Webcast title Month1) Ammonia, the Air -Water Interface June 20082) Federal Air Quality Regulations and Update on theNational Air Emissions Monitoring StudyJuly 20083) Hydrogen Sulfide, How Serious an Outdoor Air QualityConcern?September 20084) Targeted Feeding Strategies to Reduce Animal Air Emissions January 20095) Air Emissions from Cattle Feedyardsand Dairies March 20096) Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Animal Agriculture May 20097) Carbon Footprint of Animal Agriculture July 20098) Air Emissions from Land Application of Manure September 20099) Greenhouse Gas Emissions Estimation and Reporting December 2009R. Stowell, J. Heemstra, R. Sheffield, D. Schulte, E. Wheeler, and K. JanniThe AQEAA publications were well-received,with the online publications being accessedover 900 times within the first three monthsof 2012.

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