At its January board meeting, the National Dairy Promotion and Research Board (NDB) approved the authorization of $6 million on a one-time basis for the purpose of funding a three-year study on air emissions from U.S. dairy farms.

“Upon careful consideration and discussion, dairy producer directors of the NDB voted to fund this study, understanding that this research will be instrumental in developing the air emissions standards that could affect all dairy farms,” said Woody Bryant, an Arkansas dairy producer who is NDB chairman.

Last fall Congress authorized the NDB to consider this measure, noting that the funds would need to be spent in 2006.

National Milk Producers Federation will work with the Agricultural Air Research Council (AARC), a non-profit organization formed to oversee research in air emissions from livestock operations, to ensure that the research achieves its stated goals related to dairy farm emissions. NDB will receive regular reports on the progress of the air emissions study.

“The allocation of these funds will not have a direct impact on 2006 dairy promotion programs,” Bryant said.