Managing hog odors from the buildings to the manure storage facilities involves a complex set of procedures, says John Hoehne, University of Missouri extension agricultural engineer.

Here are some of the basics to keep in mind:

1. Do a detailed site evaluation before you plan any new or expanded facility construction. Document and preserve the results of this evaluation for use should litigation arise.

2. Design and construct facilities that comply with all environmental regulations as outlined by your state, county or township. See that the facilities present a favorable appearance.

3. Follow start-up procedures that will minimize manure odor production from the beginning.

4. Implement manure management, storage and application procedures designed specifically for your area that will minimize odors.

5. Remember, appearance and aesthetics are important aspects in the first opinion that the public and regulatory agencies form about your operation.

6. Be a considerate and responsible neighbor.