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September 11, 2014
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.
Editor, National Hog Farmer
Lora is the editor of National Hog Farmer. She joined the National Hog Farmer editorial team in 1993, served as associate editor, managing editor, contributing editor, and digital editor before being named to the editor position in 2013. She has written and produced electronic newsletters for Farm Industry News, Hay & Forage Grower and BEEF magazines. She was also the founding editor of the Nutrient Management e-newsletter.
Lora grew up on a purebred Berkshire operation in southeastern South Dakota and promoted pork both as the state’s Pork Industry Queen and as an intern with the South Dakota Pork Producers Council. Lora earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from South Dakota State University in agricultural journalism and mass communications. She has served as communications specialist for the National Live Stock and Meat Board and as director of communications for the University of Minnesota College of Agricultural, Food and Environmental Sciences. During her career, Lora earned the Story of the Year award from the American Agricultural Editors’ Association and bronze award at the national level in the American Society of Business Publication Editors’ competition. She is passionate about providing information to support National Hog Farmer's pork producer readers through 29 electronic newsletter issues per month, the monthly magazine and nationalhogfarmer.com website.
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