Improvement to the Air Management Practices Tool (AMPAT)
The livestock and poultry production industry needs a current, science-based guide for proven air quality mitigation technologies. This will ultimately help the industry to focus on mitigation efforts with the greatest impact potential. In this research, we will conduct a scientific literature review of mitigation methods and technologies for aerial emissions of odor, volatile organic compounds (VOCs), ammonia, hydrogen sulfide, and greenhouse gases (GHGs) from livestock and poultry operations. Research summaries will build on and be complimentary to the National Pork Board-funded project “Air Management Practices Assessment Tool (AMPAT)”, an online user-friendly tool. Our work aims to: (1) add scientific literature review summaries in addition to existing “Compilation of information on the management, effectiveness, and costs regarding the latest mitigation strategies”; (2) add greenhouse gas (GHGs) mitigation and volatile organic compounds responsible for odor to the target air pollutants in the AMPAT, and (3) make the AMPAT tool relevant to all major livestock and poultry species. The proposed effort will add value to existing Air Management Practices Assessment Tool (AMPAT). The purpose of the AMPAT is to guide users through a process of determining which mitigation practices are best suited to the user’s operation and user-defined objectives.