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USDA Agricultural Air Quality Task Force

Welcome to the website for the USDA Agricultural Air Quality Task Force. This site serves as a repository of information about the task force, and provides public access to Federal Register notices, meeting minutes, reports and documents, and official communiqués from and about the Task Force.

The AAQTF is currently inactive. The previous charter for the Task Force expired on April 16, 2017.

Official AAQTF 2016-2018 Recommendations

AAQTF Recommendations April – September 2016

December 2016 AAQTF Research Recommendations:

USDA AAQTF Met in Sacramento CA September 8-9, 2016

Sonoma County, CA, cowsThe USDA Agricultural Air Quality Task Force (AAQTF) met September 8-9 at the Holiday Inn-Capitol Plaza in Sacramento CA. The AAQTF meeting was full day on Thursday, September 8, and from 8 am to noon on Friday, September 9. A link to the meeting agenda is provided below, as well as the meeting presentations.

Task Force Mission

Gavel GavelThe Agricultural Air Quality Task Force has been created in accordance with Section 391 of the Federal Agriculture Improvement and Reform (FAIR) Act of 1996, which directs the Chief of the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), an agency of the United States Department of Agriculture, to establish a task force to address agricultural air quality issues.

The Agricultural Air Quality Task Force (AAQTF) was established to comply with Congress and consists of leaders in farming, industry, health, and science. In 1996, Congress found that various studies have alleged that agriculture is a source of PM10 emissions and that many of these studies have often been based on erroneous data. Congress also cited ongoing research by the Department of Agriculture and that federal policy, in regard to air pollution, be based on sound scientific findings that are subject to adequate peer review and take into account economic feasibility. The Secretary of Agriculture was charged to ensure that Departmental federal air quality research not report erroneous data.