January 28, 2016

New tool approved for use with EQIP planning


By Dr. Shawn Archibeque and Dr. Wendy Powers-Schilling, ASAS Public Policy Committee

January 28, 2016 – The National Air Quality Site Assessment Tool (NAQSAT) was developed through the collaboration of more than 12 land grant universities and numerous industry partners. The NAQSAT was developed for livestock producers, their advisors, and conservation planners to identify opportunities for addressing air emissions from confinement-based livestock and poultry operations. It provides assistance to livestock and poultry producers at confined animal operations in determining areas within their operations where opportunities exist to make changes that result in reduced air emissions. Use of NAQSAT is applicable for the following animal species:

  1. Beef
  2. Broiler chickens
  3. Dairy
  4. Horses
  5. Laying hens
  6. Swine
  7. Turkeys

NAQSAT is based on the most accurate, credible data currently available regarding mitigation strategies for emissions of ammonia, methane, volatile organic compounds, hydrogen sulfide, particulate matter, odor, and nitrous oxide from livestock and poultry confined animal operations. NAQSAT development included funding from two NRCS (Natural Resources Conservation Service) conservation innovation grants. One of the greatest benefits of NAQSAT is that it allows users to identify concomitant changes associated with changing management practices, which may help to alleviate many unintended consequences.

Recently, the USDA NRCS released a National Instruction that indicated the NAQSAT would need to be a part of the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) planning process for livestock or poultry operations with 300 or more animal units to determine potential air-quality resource concerns at the operation.

Currently, an additional project is ongoing that targets training of NRCS staff and personnel who are interested or need training on how to use this new program. This project is targeting training sites throughout the continental U.S. Those who are interested in learning more about these trainings or NAQSAT may contact Wendy Powers-Schilling (wpowers@anr.msu.edu), Shawn Archibeque (shawn.archibeque@colostate.edu), Nathan Bailey (nathaniel.bailey@famu.edu) or Greg Zwicke (greg.zwicke@ftc.usda.gov).

Photo: Agricultural Research Service