A two-week study at an eastern New Mexico dairy hopes learn more about air pollution emitted from large open-lot dairies, reports the Southwest Farm Press. The focus of the study was to develop a baseline for the level of pollution, so future regulations and mitigation practices can be based on sound-science.

The research collected information on coarse particulate matter, ammonia, hydrogen sulfide and methane, says Brent Auvermann, an agricultural engineering professor with AgriLife Research and AgriLife extension in Amarillo, Texas.

This project is the first step in developing strategies to reduce emissions of air pollutants and greenhouse gases.

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Source: Southwest Farm Press