Iowa State University’s (ISU) Air Management Practices Assessment Tool (AMPAT) is a website designed as a one-stop shop where pork producers can compare methods to deal with environmental challenges facing their operations.
Jay Harmon, ISU agricultural engineer and interim director of the Iowa Pork Industry Center, says the newly revised site was deere pork producers can make comparisons about the best ways to deal with environmental challenges facing their operations.signed with the goal in mind of developing a database of published research work about various mitigation techniques. “We want to be able to help a producer narrow down their options so they can determine what the best option may be for their situation,” he says.
AMPAT provides an objective overview of mitigation practices best suited to address odor, emissions and dust on livestock operations. The site is designed so that producers can take a look at research and color-coded charts while evaluating mitigation techniques. Practices are divided into three categories by source: 1) Animal Housing; 2) Manure Storage & Handling; and 3) Land Application.
Each mitigation practice has an individual page which includes a printable fact sheet and a short online slide presentation. There is a conservative estimate of the range in effectiveness for ammonia, hydrogen sulfide, dust, odor, volatile organic compounds, and greenhouse gases. The site also helps gauge the relative cost of each practice, indicated by displays of one, two, or three dollar signs. More information for any given practice is available by simply clicking on that practice.