Mitigating Air Emissions from Animal Feeding Operations Conference

Robert T. Burns, Faculty, Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering


During the last decade, increased attention has been given to odor and air emissions from animal feeding operations by researchers, regulatory authorities, the public, environmental organizations, and production facility owners and operators. This topic has gained importance at the local as well as the national and international level. Also, as individuals seek to build new facilities and to co-exist with increasing numbers of residential neighbors, mitigation of odor and air emissions is at the forefront.


This national conference was designed to provide practical information related to mitigation of air emissions for technical service providers, extension personnel, industry consultants, and facility owners and operators.


The conference included invited speakers representing the United States, Germany, and the Netherlands, and had 60 technical paper presentations related to prevention, capture, treatment, masking, and dispersal of air emissions. The proceedings included a book of abstracts and a collection of invited papers and technical fact sheets that were presented at the conference. Each fact sheet contained a technology description, details of the mitigation mechanism, applicability, limitations, costs, and implementation details.


It is expected that the proceedings will serve as a practical reference on available mitigation options. Of the 272 individuals in attendance, 96 were from Iowa. The others in attendance represented 33 more states and four additional countries.


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