Air Quality Issues Focus of Grants

Mitigation strategies will be developed through NIFA funding.

Published on: Mar 22, 2010

USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture has released more than $5 million in grants to address air quality issues, including reducing agricultural atmospheric emissions and developing new mitigation practices. The grants are funded through NIFA's Agriculture and Food Research Initiative Air Quality program and supports research, education and extension projects to enhance the effectiveness and productivity of U.S air quality research.

USDA Chief Scientist and MIFA director Roger Beachy says this research will build effective mitigation strategies and help farmers and foresters learn and adopt best management practices that reduce agricultural emissions.

Projects funded include one that will develop a novel method for greenhouse gas measurement from farms, three projects that develop tools and models to better predict emissions and dispersion of particulate matter from animal production facilities and gain a better understanding of factors governing emissions that will help identify points of mitigation.