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Ventilation and Air Quality

Make Manure Safety A Priority

Date: October 26, 2016 Authors: Richard Gates, 217-244-2791, rsgates@illinois.edu Jay Solomon, 815-235-4125, jssolomo@illinois.edu Sources: Extension Specialists in Region Recent deaths of cattle in the Illinois-Iowa-Wisconsin region point to pit gases as the cul...

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Manure Gases are DEADLY

Date: August 18, 2016 Source: Richard Gates, 217-244-2791, rsgates@illinois.edu News Writer: Leanne Lucas, 217-244-2862, llucas@illinois.edu Hydrogen sulfide and methane gasses from liquid/slurry stores can be lethal. Remember key safety rules bef...

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Some Past Presentations

During February 2016, Rich Gates and myself have had a few of opportunities to give some different presentations. On Tuesday and Wednesday of this week we attended the IL Pork Expo in Springfield, IL. With the new location in Springfield IL, it was exciting to see the new layout for the floor and the legislative reception was a noteworthy new event this year. On the expo floor we hosted a displ...

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Ever wondered how far apart your barns need to be for adequate ventilation, then look no further.

How much space is needed between naturally ventilated buildings? Separation distances between buildings are not always the primary consideration when anticipating building a new structure, but poor planning will lead to headaches later. Typically a 50-60 foot space between buildings is recommended for fire safety, however often that distance is less than appropriate for...

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Iowa State’s New Online Tool for Evaluating Best Management Practice’s for Reducing Odor, Dust, and Gas Emissions

Iowa State has recently launched an online tool to help livestock producers evaluate best management practices (BMPs) to reduce odor, dust and gas emissions. For producers considering using BMPs to reduce a gas or odor emitted from a site, this tool provides insights on both the cost to implement and how effective the BMP should be. The online tool give information about how effective the BMP i...

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Barn Winterization: 7 Tips for Getting Your Barn Ready for Winter

There are many things you can do to reduce the amount of energy your facility uses this winter, while improving the indoor environment your workers and animals. This article address seven ways to winterize your barn this fall to save on fuel and energy cost this winter and improve indoor air quality. Fill of the Tank Check Heater Function Turn Back Variable He...

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