Pork producers interested in evaluating alternatives to control odors, ammonia, hydrogen sulfide and dust transmissions from their operations can learn more at two IowaStateUniversity workshops in March.

"Air Quality Solutions for Swine Producers: Examining the Options" will be offered twice - March 7 at the ISU Armstrong Research Farm Learning Center near Lewis, and March 8 at the Hamilton County Fairgrounds in Webster City. Iowa Pork Producers Association and three IowaStateUniversity entities - the IowaPorkIndustryCenter, ISU Extension and the College of Agriculture – will sponsor the workshops.

Besides producers, the public, policymakers and governmental regulators interested in learning more about the science of air quality are encouraged to attend.

Producers will work on sample problems during the workshops. Anyone interested in using their own operations in conjunction with the sample problems are encouraged to bring siting and ventilation specifications and diet formulations for comparison purposes.

IowaStateUniversity faculty members involved in air quality research and outreach will teach the workshops. Topics will include the science of air quality, plus several approaches to reducing odors.

A registration fee of $40 covers lunch, refreshment breaks and class materials. Participants will receive a notebook with speaker handouts and the Midwest Plan Service book titled "Outdoor Air Quality." After March 1, the registration fee increases to $50.

To register, send a check payable to Iowa State University, along with your name, address, phone and the workshop you plan to attend, to Beth Weiser, 208 Davidson Hall, Ames, IA 50011. For more information, contact Weiser at (515) 294-0557 or weiser@iastate.edu.

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