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Air Quality

The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service helps private landowners conserve our natural resources, and air resources are among those.  Our Air Quality resource concerns can be broadly classified into four air quality and atmospheric change issues:

  • Particulate Matter
  • Ozone Precursors
  • Odor
  • Greenhouse Gases and Carbon Sequestration

For each of these major issues the latest science and the most relevant technical tools are being applied so that NRCS personnel, cooperators and landowners can make the best decisions regarding air resources.

NRCS and EPA have released the Agricultural Air Quality Conservation Measures:  Reference Guide for Poultry and Livestock Operations (PDF 3.1 MB). This guide provides information about NRCS conservation practices and other activities that can be used to address air resource concerns associated with animal production.  Developed as a non-regulatory technical tool, the guide describes different conservation measures that have been successfully demonstrated to reduce emissions of various air pollutants on farms. It is a companion to the previously-released Agricultural Air Quality Conservation Measures:  Reference Guide for Cropping Systems and General Land Management (PDF 895 KB).

NRCS Air Quality Initiative
Conservation Planning

This Initiative provides eligible landowners and producers with financial and technical assistance to implement cost effective and innovative practices to improve air quality in Colorado through the NRCS Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). EQIP is a voluntary program that provides financial and technical assistance to agricultural producers through contracts up to a maximum term of ten years in length.