Using vegetative environmental buffers to mitigate emissions from a poultry house
Poultry producers and scientists are working together to use vegetative emission buffers (VEBs) and scrubbers to capture ammonia, volatile organic compounds, and particulate matter. Many poultry producers plant VEBs (e.g. bushes) near poultry houses to provide a pleasing visual screen, particularly important for neighboring properties, to shade poultry houses for temperature control and to reduce airborne emissions. This project tests the ability of VEBs and scrubbers to manage airborne poultry emissions. The goal of this project is to help poultry producers adopt effective and economical strategies to improve their environmental performance and meet requirements of air and water quality. More information about this project is available online.