Farmers throughout the country now have access to a new tool that can help them lower air emissions and focus their environmental actions.
More than 20 university professionals and 15 partner agencies joined forces to create the National Air Quality Site Assessment Tool (NAQSAT), a method for determining where air-quality improvement opportunities exist on-farm.
NAQSAT was developed mainly for educational purposes, and using it is completely voluntary, explains Deanne Meyer, livestock waste management specialist at the University of California-Davis, who helped design the tool. Though results may be more valuable when NAQSAT is used in cooperation with Extension educators, agency personnel, trade associations, or private consultants, it is completely Internet-based and can be done privately. It isn’t designed to provide emissions data and/or regulatory direction, but to help producers who are looking for guidance.