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Air Quality - Technical Resources

NRCS and EPA have released the Agricultural Air Quality Conservation Measures:  Reference Guide for Poultry and Livestock Operations (PDF 3.1 MB).  This guide provides information about NRCS conservation practices and other activities that can be used to address air resource concerns associated with animal production.  Developed as a non-regulatory technical tool, the guide describes different conservation measures that have been successfully demonstrated to reduce emissions of various air pollutants on farms.  It is a companion to the previously-released Agricultural Air Quality Conservation Measures:  Reference Guide for Cropping Systems and General Land Management (PDF 895 KB).

Tech Notes

Basic Smoke Management Practices Technical Note (PDF)

Smoke and SunWe have developed a Technical Note on Basic Smoke Management Practices (BSMPs) in collaboration with the US Forest Service. This BSMP Tech Note supports recent modifications to our Prescribed Burning Conservation Practice Standard (338). Fire is an essential ecological disturbance, providing many benefits to the environment and prescribed burning can also be a means of protecting air quality by mitigating the occurrence of large wildfires. However, fire produces smoke which contains particulate matter (PM), ozone precursors, greenhouse gases, and other trace gases. BSMPs applied on prescribed burns can mitigate the impacts of smoke to public health, public safety and nuisance, and visibility. (11/2011)

Resource Concern Information Sheets

These are one page fact sheets that describe the air resource concerns addressed by NRCS conservation practices.

Fact Sheets - Air Quality and Animal Operations

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