Agricultural Air Quality Workshop Papers
In June 2006, NIFA co-sponsored an international workshop on agricultural air quality and the state-of-the-science. This workshop brought together more than 400 international scientists, educators, environmentalists, policymakers, regulators, and economists to discuss the impact of agriculture on the environment with a specific focus on air quality.
The Journal of Environmental Quality is publishing research papers first presented at the workshop in a series of special submissions. Many of the research papers featured in these special journal submissions received partial support from the NIFA National Research Initiative (NRI). The American Society of Agronomy, the Crop Science Society of America, and the Soil Science Society of America publish the Journal of Environmental Quality.
The NIFA NRI air quality program sponsored the workshop through a 3-year, $400,000 grant to North Carolina State University. The National Science Foundation, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and other organizations provided additional funding. The Ecological Society of America organized the workshop. Workshop goals included:
- assessing the state of science regarding agricultural air quality;
- building on knowledge of research, policy, economic, and societal well-being associated with agricultural air quality;
- fostering multidisciplinary communication, exchange of ideas, and partnerships; and
- recommending changes and improvements in measurement and monitoring methodologies, modeling, and best management and production practices to mitigate air pollutant emissions from agricultural sources.
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