Researchers work to understand and develop new processes, systems and solutions for improving the efficiency, performance and environmental sustainability of animal agricultural systems, including the impacts of air quality and climate change.
Challenges being addressed
Hydrogen sulfide mitigation for dairy manure storages
Reducing hydrogen sulfide exposure risks with a microbial electrochemical system.
On-farm greenhouse gas sampling approaches
Using manure and other product sampling to anchor greenhouse gas emission estimates to farm practices.
National manure composition database
Providing up-to-date, aggregated information on animal manure composition in user selected tiers: spatially, temporally, and by animal system source.
Beef cattle facilities
Quantifying the range of environmental and air quality conditions in beef cattle housing, with bedded pack and deep pit manure storage.
Design, operation and evaluation of a slotted floor and manure scraper system in turkey barns.
Structural and operational biosecurity education and assessments to reduce disease outbreaks on farms.
Barn air disinfection
Develop microwave and non-thermal plasma based techniques to disinfect air contaminated by pathogenic microbes (e.g. avian influenza virus) in barns.