April’s Ag Advice

April's Ag Advice by April Borders Livestock and poultry odors and airborne emissions are a concern in many communities throughout South Dakota. Communities and local government units are developing and reviewing policies and ordinances related to livestock to address these concerns about odor, other environmental issues and the social and economic impact of animal agriculture.

Odor and other airborne emissions have always been associated with livestock production operations. As these operations become larger and more concentrated, the management of odor and dust emissions to reduce their negative impacts on livestock producers and adjacent land users becomes an important issue.

In order to help communities to develop and implement innovative policies and practices that can address these concerns, South Dakota State University Cooperative Extension Service will be holding a one day livestock and poultry odor workshop. This odor workshop will provide the latest science-based information available on livestock and poultry odors and their control.

The workshop will be held in Freeman on Jan. 14th at the Cornerstone Steakhouse, 702 S. Hwy 81. The workshop will start at 9 am with registration and run until 4:15 p.m. Advanced registration is encouraged and the cost of the program is $30 per person. On-site registration is $35. The registration includes lunch, breaks and workshop manual.

The topics that will be covered are: Odor Generation, Odor Measurement, Community Relations, Odor Reduction Technologies, Odor Prediction Models, and Odor Reduction Plans.

This meeting is open to the public. We are encouraging everyone to attend. This workshop is for government regulators: NRCS Engineers, Department of Ag, DENR Officials; county commissioners; county feedlot officers; livestock producers; concerned citizens and consultants.

The workshop includes information on odor generation, management, description, and numerous control technologies and strategies that have been researched. It also includes sessions on community relations and methods for groups to resolve differences. Information gained from the workshop on odor can be used by local governmental units to develop take-home tools. These tools include odor management plans and the model OFFSET to predict odor.

OFFSET (Odor From Feedlots Setback Estimation Tool) is designed to estimate average odor impacts from a variety of animal facilities and manure storages. These estimations are useful for rural land use planners, farmers, or citizens concerned about the odor impact of existing, expanding, or new animal production sites.

If you are interested in attending the Livestock Odor Workshop and need more information, contact the Extension Office at 677-7111 or contact Dick Nicolai at 605-688-5663.

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