Air quality is another important resource concern for NRCS. Issues relating to particulate matter, ozone precursors, odors, green-house gases, carbon sequestration, and production of crops for alternative bio-based fuels are some of NRCS important priorities.
The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service helps private landowners conserve our natural resources including air resources. To learn more about how NRCS addresses air quality and atmospheric change issues on the farm and ranch, please visit the National Air Quality webpages.
USDA Agricultural Air Quality Task Force
The NRCS Air Quality and Atmospheric Change Team maintains a site which serves as a repository of information about the "USDA Agricultural Air Quality Task Force", and provides public access to Federal Register notices, meeting minutes, reports and documents, and official communities concerning the task force.
National Air Quality Site Assessment Tool (NAQSAT)
The National Air Quality Site Assessment Tool (NAQSAT) has been developed with support from the USDA Conservation Innovation Grant (CIG) program to assist livestock and poultry producers in determining the areas in their operations where there are opportunities to make changes that result in reduced air emissions. NAQSAT is based on the most accurate, credible data currently available regarding mitigation strategies for air emissions of ammonia, methane, volatile organic compounds, hydrogen sulfide, particulates, and odor.