Odors are the most common nuisance complaint associated with animal feeding operations (AFOs), but is one of the most challenging to measure. Unlike other air emissions from AFOs odor is not one easily identifiable gas or molecular compound. Instead, odor is made up of many (hundreds!) of individual odorous compounds. Complicating this scenario is the fact that each person on the receiving end of odor has a different perspective, different tolerance, and different interpretation of what they are smelling. The following materials were developed for college instructors to utilize in their classrooms when presenting about odors.
- "Odor Measurement in Animal Agriculture" Eileen Fabian-Wheeler and Michael Hile, Pennsylvania State University; David Schmidt, University of Minnesota (Download; PDF; 23 pages)
Monitoring Manure Odors Following Land Application
Robin Brandt, Pennsylvania State University (15 minutes)
These materials were developed by the Air Quality Education in Animal Agriculture (AQEAA) project with with financial support from the National Research Initiative Competitive Grant 2007-55112-17856 from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture.
For questions about the materials on this page contact Dr. Eileen Wheeler, Pennsylvania State University. For questions about the AQEAA project, contact Dr. Rick Stowell, Unviersity of Nebraska (email@example.com).
If you have presentations, photos, video, publications, or other instructional materials that could be added to the curricula on this page, please contact Jill Heemstra (firstname.lastname@example.org).