NIFA Air Quality Projects to Help Prevent and Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions
WASHINGTON, March 19, 2010 - USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced more than $5 million in grants to address air quality issues, including reducing agricultural atmospheric emissions and developing new mitigation practices.
"Agricultural producers need the most effective practices and technologies to prevent or mitigate greenhouse gases or other contributors to climate change," said Roger Beachy, USDA Chief Scientist and NIFA director. "This research will build effective mitigation strategies and help farmers and foresters learn and adopt best management practices that reduce agricultural emissions."
The grants are funded through NIFA's Agriculture and Food Research Initiative Air Quality program, which supports research, education and extension projects to enhance the effectiveness and productivity of U.S air quality research. These projects reflect the growing need to develop research-based information on air quality issues for developing effective mitigation strategies and best management practices to protect our natural resources and environment.
Projects funded in Fiscal Year 2009 include one that will develop a novel method for greenhouse gas measurement from farms, three projects that develop tools and models to better predict emissions and dispersion of particulate matter from animal production facilities and gain a better understanding of factors governing emissions that will help identify points of mitigation.
At the University of California, Fresno, scientists will study the impact of dairy facilities on regional ozone, particulate matter, greenhouse gases and odor levels. The project activities will be used to train students in research techniques and to develop new courses to encourage students to pursue agriculturally-related science, technology, engineering and math careers.
The Fiscal Year 2009 grants are being awarded to:
California State University, Fresno, Calif., $597,990
Colorado State University, Ft. Collins, Colo., $400,000
Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, La., $595,995
University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minn., $597,806
University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minn., $399,273
Clarkson University, Potsdam, N.Y., $400,000
Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, $399,961
South Dakota State University, Brookings, S.D. $599,966
West Texas A&M University, Canyon, Texas, $113,724
Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas, $597,321
Utah State University, Logan, Utah, $599,879
Through federal funding and leadership for research, education and extension programs, NIFA focuses on investing in science and solving critical issues impacting people's daily lives and the nation's future. For more information, visit www.nifa.usda.gov.
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