ISU review finds majority of technologies aimed at reducing odor and gas emissions from livestock production never see field-scale testing

A review of hundreds of academic articles on technologies to reduce odor and gas emissions from livestock operations shows that most such technologies undergo lab testing but never reach farm-scale study. A team of ISU researchers surveyed all the available publications on mitigation practices that focus on animal housing, manure storage and land application techniques.

Harmon: Building maintenance ramps up for winter

Faulty ventilation can be catastrophic to hog producers, says Jay Harmon, Extension ag engineer at Iowa State University. He says fall is the perfect time to make sure ventilation systems are in working order. “You can do things like washing the pit fans while the weather is nice, checking the curtains and other things,” Harmon says.

Harmon receives G.B. Gunlogson Countryside Engineering Award

JAY D. HARMON, P.E., ASABE Fellow, is the recipient of the 2015 G.B. Gunlogson Countryside Engineering Award for his exemplary service to animal production systems through the application of engineering principles and performance in research, extension, outreach, and teaching. Harmon, professor and extension livestock housing specialist in the agricultural and biosystems engineering department at Iowa … Continue reading Harmon receives G.B. Gunlogson Countryside Engineering Award

New tool evaluates odor reduction

A team of Iowa State University specialists has developed an online tool to help livestock and poultry producers compare odor-mitigation techniques. The Air Management Practices Assessment Tool is web-based, available at www.agronext.iastate.edu/ampat at no charge. “The website was developed to help livestock and poultry producers identify practices to reduce odors, and emissions of gases and … Continue reading New tool evaluates odor reduction

Harmon plays key role in new state-of-the-art home for his department

Extension specialists are trained to be able to communicate technical information to a wide range of audiences. They act as bridges between research and application, so it was no surprise that Jay Harmon, agricultural and biosystems engineering (ABE) professor, brought those skills to the construction of the Biorenewables Complex. Harmon’s combination of expertise, communication skills … Continue reading Harmon plays key role in new state-of-the-art home for his department

New tool evaluates options for reducing odors in livestock operations

A team of Iowa State University Extension and Outreach specialists have developed an online tool to help livestock and poultry producers compare odor mitigation techniques that could be useful on their farms. Air Management Practices Assessment Tool, AMPAT for short, is web-based and available at no charge at www.agronext.iastate.edu/ampat. “The website was developed to help … Continue reading New tool evaluates options for reducing odors in livestock operations

Harmon named interim director of Iowa Pork Industry Center

Jay Harmon has been named the interim director for Iowa State University’s Iowa Pork Industry Center. Harmon, a professor of agricultural and biosystems engineering and an extension livestock housing specialist, brings expertise in pork production systems to the position, which promotes efficient pork production technologies in Iowa. His goal is to increase awareness of the … Continue reading Harmon named interim director of Iowa Pork Industry Center

Harmon named Interim Director of ISU’s Iowa Pork Industry Center

Iowa State University agricultural engineer Jay Harmon has been named the interim director of the Iowa Pork Industry Center. Harmon, a professor of agricultural and biosystems engineering and an extension livestock housing specialist, brings expertise in pork production systems to the position, which promotes efficient pork production technologies in Iowa. His goal is to increase … Continue reading Harmon named Interim Director of ISU’s Iowa Pork Industry Center

Keeping pigs comfortable during high heat and humidity

As the temperature and humidity level rise outside, producer need to address animal comfort indoors. Iowa Pork Industry Center interim director Jay Harmon said it’s the combination of air movement and wetting that help pigs. Wetting pigs is imperative because pigs don’t truly sweat like humans so. Wetting pigs is like giving them some artificial … Continue reading Keeping pigs comfortable during high heat and humidity

Selected current ISU livestock odor and air quality research and extension

Air Management Practices Assessment Tool Evaluation of polymer to reduce emissions from swine finishing facilities Estimating methane emissions Anaerobic digestion’s impact on odor, ammonia Diets that reduce ammonia emissions from hen houses Environmental assessment of laying-hen housing systems Quantifying emissions from swine facilities Community assessment model (CAM) for odor dispersion Biofilters conference and educational modules … Continue reading Selected current ISU livestock odor and air quality research and extension

Award results of 2011 ASABE Annual International Meeting

In early August, faculty and students from the College of Engineering’s Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering (ABE) department traveled to Louisville, Kentucky, for the 2011 American Society of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineers (ASABE) Annual International Meeting (AIM). According to ASABE, AIM is held “to expand the awareness of current industry trends; promote and acknowledge innovations in … Continue reading Award results of 2011 ASABE Annual International Meeting

ASABE Fellow Presentation

Harmon receives two ASABE honors

Jay Harmon, professor of agricultural and biosystems engineering, could not be more pleased with the results of this year’s 2011 American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) Annual International Meeting. Adding to the significant list of ASABE awards presented to Iowa State students and faculty, Harmon was named an ASABE Fellow and was a … Continue reading Harmon receives two ASABE honors