Livestock emissions and the air we breathe

Posted by Christine, August 31, 2011

Free presentation by  Dr. Frank Mitloehner, Air Quality Extension Specialist, Department of Animal Science,

University of California-Davis and Dr. John M. Bonner, Executive Vice President/CEO, CAST

Large livestock production facilities create air quality issues that can result in ominous clouds of protest or favorable breezes that bring economic gains for the community. The purpose of this new CAST Issue Paper is to go beyond the generalizations and accusations often associated with the air quality topic. Experts from six universities examine a large amount of data and focus their information and conclusions around the key livestock areas: swine, poultry, dairy, and beef. Their science-based analyses look at a wide scope of issues including (1) greenhouse gas emissions, (2) the logistics of manure storage facilities, (3) the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency efforts to monitor emissions, (4) economic implications, and (5) mitigation technologies and management practices. Federal, state, and even local regulation of air emissions from animal production has been steadily increasing, creating uncertainty for producers and the industries. This paper examines how to use science-based information to help all stakeholders involved in animal production as they strive to preserve resources and maintain the quality of life.


TIME: 2:00 p.m. EDT

DATE: Monday, September 19, 2011

LOCATION: American Farm Bureau Federation

6000 Maryland Avenue SW (7th St. and Maryland Ave.)

Suite 1000W

Washington, D.C.

This presentation is free and open to the public.  If you cannot attend the presentation on September 19th, a video will be available on the CAST website ( after the 19th.  The full text of Air Issues Associated with Animal Agriculture: A North American Perspective (Issue Paper 47, 24 pp.) may be accessed free of charge on the CAST website at, along with many of CAST’s other scientific publications. The paper also is available in hard copy for a shipping/handling fee.