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Air Quality and Atmospheric Change, and Energy Training

Air Quality and Atmospheric Change, and Energy Training

June 16-19, 2008
The Dalles, Oregon

The Air Quality and Atmospheric Change, and Energy Training was held on June 16-19, 2008, in The Dalles, Oregon .

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Time Presentation Presented By
Monday, June 16
1:00PM Welcome to Oregon Air Quality & Energy Training Bob Graham, State Conservationist, and Hank Wyman, Oregon Association of Conservation Districts
1:15PM Introduction to Oregon Air Quality & Energy Training (PDF, 120 KB)
  • Introductions
  • Logistics
  • Agenda (Objectives, Plans)
  • Pre-Test
Greg J and Stefanie
1:55PM Why Do We Care About Air Quality and Atmospheric Change (AQAC), and Energy? (PDF, 76 KB) Greg J
2:10PM Break  
2:25PM Energy Basics
  • Why we care (PDF, 703 KB) (Stan)
  • Energy basics  (PDF, 682 KB) (Stefanie)
  • Energy Life Cycle Examples (Stefanie and Stan)
Stefanie and Stan
3:15PM Break  
3:25PM Energy and Air Quality Issues in Oregon  (PDF, 352 KB) Dave Dishman and Jennifer Zwicke
4:25PM Air Quality Basics: Why Do We Care About AQAC? and AQAC Regulations  (PDF, 2.18 MB) Susan
5:05PM Daily Evaluation and Wrap-up  
Tuesday, June 17
7:30AM Energy Training  (Word, 34 KB)
  • Energy Efficiency in agriculture
  • Energy use in agriculture (brain storm with everyone)
    • Cropland
    • Confined Animal
  • Short Break
  • Ways to save energy organized according to previous brain-storming activity
  • Animal Housing Tool Demo
  • RUSLE2 Demo
Stefanie and Stan
9:10AM Break  
9:20AM Case Studies – Round 1 (Energy) Stefanie
10:40AM AQAC Resource Concerns  (PDF, 5.12 MB) Greg J
11:20AM Integrating AQAC into NRCS Practices, Activities and Programs  (PDF, 253 KB) Greg Zwicke
12:00PM Lunch  
1:15PM AQAC Training Greg J, Susan, Greg Z and Roel
3:30PM Case Studies – Round 2 (Air Quality and Atmospheric Change)
  • Debrief: AQAC Work on Case Studies
4:45PM Daily Evaluation and Wrap-up  
Wednesday, June 18        Field Day  (Mid-Columbia Area)
7:30AM Leave the Shilo Inn, travel to Sherman Co. on I-84 and Hwy 97  
8:30AM Arrive in town of Wasco; pick up producer  
8:30AM - 8:50AM See Klondike Wind Farm; drop producer back off in Wasco  
8:50AM - 9:50AM Travel back to Wasco Co. via same route  
9:50AM - 10:20AM Travel to Dave Brewer farm  
10:20AM - 10:50AM Walk in to examine Direct Seeded Camelina, yellow mustard, oriental mustard, winter wheat, and chemical fallow: Bioenergy and Dust Control issues  
10:50AM - 11:45AM Travel to Paul Schanno farm to discuss direct seed drill with Overlap Reduction Technology on fertilizer portion, Weedseeker sprayer, talk about fuel savings with direct seed and Carbon Sequestration benefits of direct seed and Tree Planting on CRP  
11:45AM - 12:30PM Travel back to The Dalles and eat box lunch at River Front Park if nice, Sorosis Park under cover if raining  
12:30PM - 1:00PM Travel to Tim Dahle Orchard to view and discuss dual row, high density ,organic cherries trained to “ pedestrian” style, with automated microsprinkler irrigation with ½ cherry chips and ½ ground cloth tree row cover and low volume tower equipped orchard precision sprayer—Energy and AQ issues  
1:00PM - 1:30PM Travel to Hood River NRCS office and Experiment Station  
1:45PM - 2:30 PM Kelly Wallis of Mid-Columbia Agricultural Research and Extension Center (MCAREC) gives demo of sprayer technology/nozzles and discusses vegetative barriers as spray drift management  
2:30PM - 3:00PM Dave of MCAREC facilitates a viewing and discussion of efficient irrigation systems and the use of fertigation for applying nutrients  
3:00PM - 3:15PM Frost protection and air quality: propane heaters vs old diesel smudge pots example  
3:15PM - 4:15PM Travel to Stewart Farms to view wind machines, discuss grinding/chipping vs burning, and the merits of organic for energy savings and air quality  
4:30PM - 7:00PM Dinner in Hood River  
7:30PM Return to Shilo Inn, The Dalles  
Thursday, June 19
7:30AM Energy Training Stefanie & Stan
8:30AM Break  
8:40AM AQAC - Energy Interactions Greg J
8:50AM Joint Energy and AQAC Work on Case Studies & Merge Groups  (PDF, 139 KB)  
9:45AM Break  
9:50AM Case Study #1 Report Out  
10:20AM Case Study #2 Report Out  
10:50AM Case Study #3 Report Out  
11:20AM Break  
11:30AM Post-Test


  • What’s been learned?
  • Other considerations
  • Other resources (people, information, data, tools, web sites, etc.)
  • Final discussion, comments
  • Certificates of completion
12:15PM Final Course Evaluation, Wrap-up