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Air Quality

The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service helps private landowners conserve our air resources. Air quality resource concerns can be broadly classified into four air quality and atmospheric change issues:   

  • Particulate matter
  • Ozone precursors
  • Odor
  • Greenhouse gases and carbon sequestration

An agricultural air quality task force was established to comply with Congress consisting of leaders in farming, industry, health and science. In 1996, Congress found that various studies that have alleged that agriculture is a source of PM10 emissions have 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. For more information go to our national air quality webpage.