Air quality workshop to focus on challenges facing livestock producers

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COLUMBUS — This year’s Ohio State University agricultural air quality workshop will focus on the challenges and opportunities facing livestock and poultry producers when it comes to ammonia emissions and their connection with nitrogen fertilizer.

It will take place May 2 at the Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center in Columbus.

Registration. Registration for the event, which will run from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., costs $35 before April 25 and includes lunch. Registration after April 25 costs $45.

To register, download a form at http://go.osu.edu/Cn3, fill out and mail with payment to the address indicated on the form. You can also contact Amanda Meddles, OSU Extension, at 614-292-6625.

Management practices

Topics include ammonia reporting requirements and procedures in Ohio, tools to estimate ammonia emissions, an overview of ammonia mitigation best management practices, impacts of various diets on animal excretion of ammonia, field tests of bio-filters at swine facilities, manure covers and management of manure land application to reduce air emissions, and use of wet scrubbers to recover ammonia emissions.

Check out http://go.osu.edu/Cn3 for a complete list of topics. Presenters at the workshop include air quality, livestock housing systems, animal nutrition and composting experts from Iowa State University, the University of Illinois, the University of Missouri, Ohio State and the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Credits

Certified livestock managers can earn three continuing education credits at the event.

Workshop sponsors include Ohio EPA, the Ohio Livestock Coalition, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service.

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