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Proposal takes agricultural odor mitigation to next level

Gerald Miller

If a proposed odor mitigation research project comes to pass, ISU Extension will work closely with farm groups, local organizations and others to promote and encourage farmer participation, according to Gerald Miller, director of ISU Extension to Agriculture and Natural Resources. The farmer-cooperators would devote their time and facilities to expanding odor mitigation strategies across many different operations and situations.

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources, the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship and ISU College of Agriculture and Life Sciences developed the proposal for the five-year, $22.8 million project of applied odor mitigation research on livestock operations statewide, Miller said. Last November, an Iowa Legislature Livestock Odor Study Committee recommended that the state Legislature enact the proposal. The proposal has been discussed during the current legislative session, although its future remains uncertain.

If the project were funded, applied research sites would be installed on existing and new livestock farms (swine, beef, dairy, layers and turkeys) across the state to allow testing under different environments. Approximately 300 livestock producers would be recruited to participate in applied research projects led by Iowa State scientists. The producers’ participation would be voluntary and above and beyond any requirements already in place for developing and operating livestock facilities in Iowa, Miller said.

“Their cooperation will help scientists determine the effectiveness of practices, increase confidence in science-based approaches and provide a clear understanding of the economic costs and management required,” Miller said.

For more information, contact Miller, soil@iastate.edu.

This article appeared in March 2008 -- From Jack Payne Newsletter