Rice Reappointed to Air Quality Task Force

K-State professor to advise USDA.

Published on: Nov 18, 2008

Kansas State University professor of agronomy, Chuck Rice, has been appointed to a second two-year term as a member of the Agricultural Air Quality Task Force.

The role of the task force, which has 25 members from 12 states, is to advise the agriculture secretary on issues related to agricultural air quality, including strengthening and coordinating U.S. Department of Agriculture air quality research efforts and identifying cost-effective ways in which the agriculture industry can improve air quality.

"The 2008-2010 task force will tackle diverse air quality issues such as greenhouse gas mitigation, the reduction of certain pollutants, ozone and ammonia emissions, and the enhancement of opportunities for environmental trading markets for agriculture," Rice said. "These are all issues of increasing concern to the general public in Kansas and elsewhere."

Rice, a soil microbiologist, has conducted long-term research on soil organic dynamics, nitrogen transformations and microbial ecology. Recently, his research has focused on soil and global climate change including carbon and nitrogen emissions in agricultural and grassland ecosystems and soil carbon sequestration and its potential benefits to the ecosystem. His research has been supported by more than $15 million in grants from the Department of Agriculture, National Science Foundation, U.S. Department of Energy and others.

Additional information on the task force is available online at www.airquality.nrcs.usda.gov/AAQTF