Air Quality and Agricultural Systems

Ag machine

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

24-hour bag sampling system

24-hour bag sampling system

Developing low cost, in-situ continuous monitoring system for the assessment and mitigation of odor and gas emissions from animal feeding operations. 

Anaerobic digestion systems with improved environmental performance

Anaerobic digestion systems with improved environmental performance

Studying microbial ecosystems during anaerobic digestion process for improved nutrient removal and reuse. 

Assessing dairy calf welfare when using automated calf feeders

Assessing dairy calf welfare when using automated calf feeders

Multidisciplinary research involving animal scientists, veterinarians and engineers in the midwest to identify key operating and management practices that lead to better calf performance when using automated calf feeders.

Biofilters for odor management

Biofilters for odor management

Design and implementation of effective biofilter systems for minimizing odor from animal feeding operations.  

Enhancing air and water quality through efficient gas emission reductions

Enhancing air and water quality through efficient gas emission reductions

Maximizing nutrient cycling manure management systems for sustainable agriculture.

Greenhouse gas mitigation and sustainable agricultural production

Greenhouse gas mitigation and sustainable agricultural production

Removal of CO2 from industrial plant emissions and wastewater nutrient recycling for sustainable biomass production.

Prevention of manure foaming in midwestern deep pit swine barns

Prevention of manure foaming in midwestern deep pit swine barns

Developing technologies to mitigate the formation of methane gas foam in pig barns which will increase safety and reduce fire hazards.